Are you the owner of an Apple Watch Series 4 or Series 5? Then Apple has good news for you: your battery might just get a little better. Within the second developer beta of watchOS 9 there is a reference to a modified functionality. watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple smartwatch.
This is a small, custom feature that Apple is therefore presenting without too much fanfare. The only reason we know about it now is because the company mentioned the option within the release notes of the second developer beta of watchOS 9. An important battery feature is about to be upgraded.
Apple Watch gets small, handy update
What kind of feature is it exactly? Well, Apple announces that in the future the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 will be able to indicate much better how long the battery has left. After updating to watchOS 9, the battery calibrates itself, so in the future you will know much better where you stand.
The Series 7 (Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)
The Cupertino-based company deliberately mentions the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5. This is because owners of those popular smartwatches have been complaining for a while about the way the device indicates its remaining battery life. It often happens that the estimate does not match what users notice in the real world.
So what about other models?
Two other models that can also count on watchOS 9 are the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7. Probably those don’t need any special attention and Apple has more than enough confidence in those models. So as it stands, those smart watches won’t benefit from this custom option.
Currently, watchOS 9 is only available as a beta for developers. Apple is expected to release the software in July as a beta for public testers. Later this year, in the fall, watchOS 9 will come to anyone who has at least a Series 4 on their wrist.