Apple today released watchOS 5 developer beta 9, just a few days after it pushed out developer beta 8. When the final version of watchOS 5 is launched, it will be compatible with Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 Apple Watch models; the new software will not work with the first-gen Series "0" Apple Watch. The new build of the wearable's OS includes several new features including the ability to turn the timepiece into a walkie-talkie with push-to-talk capabilities (check out the image at the top of this article).
Other new features will allow Apple Watch users to have competitions based on workouts, and track exercises such as yoga and hiking. Runners will be able to choose a target pace to aim for, and those who listen to podcasts will be able to hear them over the device. The new OS build also brings a new Siri watchface as the virtual personal assistant becomes more proactive. Siri will learn your daily routines, follow your favorite sports teams, and open Maps when it is needed.
The update is available for developers only since it is not a final stable version, and is designed to allow developers to see how their apps run on the new build. Developers who have registered with Apple can install the new beta by opening the Apple Watch app on the iPhone and tapping on General > Software Update. The battery on the watch needs to be at 50% or higher, the timepiece must be connected to the Apple Watch charger, and the user's iPhone must be in range in order to install watchOS 5 developer beta 9.
The final version of watchOS 5 could be released as soon as next month.