Do you own 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 is a reference to a custom functionality. watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple smartwatch.
This is a small, modified function that Apple presents without too much fanfare. The only reason we know about it now is because the company mentions the option within the release notes of the second developer beta of watchOS 9. A key battery feature will be improving soon.
Apple Watch gets small, handy update
What exactly is this function? Well, Apple says that the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 will be much better able to indicate how long the battery will last. After updating to watchOS 9, the battery calibrates itself, so you know much better where you stand in the future.
The Cupertino company deliberately calls the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5. 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.
What about other models then?
Two other models that can also count on watchOS 9 are the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7. They probably don’t need special attention and Apple has more than enough confidence in those models. Because as it stands now, those smart watches will not benefit from this custom option.
Currently, watchOS 9 is only available as a developer beta. Apple is expected to release the software as a beta to public testers in July. Later this year, in the fall, watchOS 9 will be available to anyone who has at least a Series 4 on their wrist.
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