Apple unveiled watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022 this week, giving us peek at upcoming features such as an updated Workout app, new Medications app, and more watch faces. The next-gen operating system also adds QuickType for the Apple Watch Series 7. It is a predictive text engine which will make it easier to type on the keyboard.
watchOS 9 Introduces QuickType for Apple Watch Series 7
First spotted by tech analyst Brahm Shank, watchOS 9 introduces QuickType support for Apple Watch Series 7 users. This feature adds suggested words above the keyboard while the user types.
QuickType first rolled out for iPhone when iOS 8 was released back in 2014. This function is available on the iPad as well. QuickType reviews the first few letters of the word you’re typing, and tries to guess which word you want to enter next. The suggested words will be displayed above the keyboard, and you can simply tap on the one you want to use. This is especially convenient while you’re typing on the Apple Watch’s keyboard, considering that you have to manage with limited screen space.
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Additionally, watchOS 9 is including support for six additional languages. The Apple Watch Series 7 keyboard will soon gain support for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The upcoming watchOS will bring new watch faces, informative sleep insights, an AFib history tool, trainer coaching with Fitness+, and more. It also offers a new Medications experience on Apple Watch and iPhone to manage medications. The update also focuses on security, by backing up Health data to iCloud, which is encrypted in transit and on Apple servers.
watchOS 9 Release Timeline
Apple released the first beta of watchOS 9 to developers for testing at the beginning of this week at WWDC 2022. It will roll out the first public beta in July. The next-gen watchOS will finally be released to the general public in the fall.