Apple has issued a release candidate (RC) update for watchOS 9.2, which includes new features and improvements for the Apple Watch. The update is now available for all Apple Watch models running watchOS 9, including the Series 4 and subsequent models. The RC build has a build number of 20S361 and is around 216MB in size. The final public build should be available next week.
WatchOS 9.2 introduces an improved race route workout functionality, automated detection for outdoor run workouts, crash detection optimizations, and other enhancements. This update will improve the Apple Watch’s functionality and efficiency, making it an even more helpful tool for fitness enthusiasts and daily consumers.
Users can enter a specific race route and follow their progress along the course during their workout using the advanced race route workout function. This can be useful for training and race preparation, as well as tracking overall fitness objectives. Automatic detection for outdoor run workouts detects when a user begins an outside run without the need for manual input. This can save time and make tracking workouts easier.
The crash detection optimizations will make the Apple Watch’s crash detection feature work better. If the user is in a serious accident, this feature can alert emergency contacts. This can give people peace of mind and could even save their lives.
The update can be installed by opening the Watch app on an iPhone and following the on-screen instructions. The final public build of watchOS 9.2 is scheduled to be published next week.