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iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will be released on 12 September

Jan Johannsen
Jan Johannsen
08.09.2022

The next major software updates for iPhone and Apple Watch are ready. From 12 September, you can install the final versions of iOS 16 and watchOS 9.

After the presentation of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro as well as the Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8, Apple announced that older smartphones and smartwatches will receive the updates to iOS 16 and watchOS 9 on 12 September. According to experience, Apple will release the downloads in the morning in California - which means towards evening for us.

iOS 16 with new lock screen

Numerous changes and new features of iOS 16 and watchOS 9 have already been unveiled by Apple in June at its developer conference WWDC. On the iPhone, the new lock screen including widgets is likely to be the most obvious change. Numerous apps are getting smaller or larger functions. The Messages app, for example, gets an Edit button for corrections after sending and an Undo button to recall and delete messages. The Home app gets a completely new design and the new look of Apple Maps becomes available in more countries - including Switzerland. You can see a comprehensive list of all the new features at Apple.

iOS 16 runs on all iPhones from the iPhone 8 onwards, but not all new features may be available, especially on older models.

watchOS 9: Focus on health

In watchOS 9, Apple has overhauled the Siri UI and the display of notifications, added a voice search to the podcast app and given you four more watchfaces to choose from. But most of the new features are about your fitness and health.

The Workout app is supposed to be able to recognise and correct torso movements while running. Triathletes can switch directly from swimming to cycling to jogging in multi-sport workouts. You can also create your own workouts according to your goals and preferences. You can also include the new heart rate zones if you want to train in a specific range. Of course, the Apple Watch will alert you when you leave the selected zone. The Sleep app on the Apple Watch will also recognise sleep stages and tell you how long you've been awake or in REM, core or deep sleep. Apple offers a comprehensive listing for this as well.

The update to watchOS 9 is rolling out to all models starting with the Apple Watch Series 4.

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When I was but a young student, I'd sit in my friend's living room with all my classmates and play on his SuperNES. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out all the newest technology for you. I've done reviews at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, and have now arrived at Galaxus.de. 


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