Apple recently seeded the watchOS 9.4 Release Candidate (RC) to developers and beta testers. The latest RC update includes the ability to prevent users from silencing their ‘wake-up alarms’ accidentally by the cover-to-mute gesture.
As Apple Watch is integrated with iOS, users receive phone calls and notifications on their smartwatch. Therefore, Apple Watch features different ways for users to mute its audio or volume when they do not wish to be disturbed when in a meeting, during a study session, or during a nap by enabling Silent mode, haptic alerts, or Cover to Mute gesture.
Cover to mute gesture will not silence alarms in watchOS 9.4
The Cover to Mute gesture is counter-productive for Wake-up alarms. The gesture silences an alert and notification when users rest their palms on the display for at least three seconds.
Starting with watchOS 9.4, users will not be able to accidentally silence their wake-up alarms on their Apple Watches. This means alarms will not be silenced when users cover the display of their Apple Watch during sleep and be late for school, work, training, or other activities and destinations.
“Wake-up alarms are no longer silenced with cover to mute gesture to avoid accidental cancellations during sleep.”
All the new features coming in watchOS 9.4
The new watchOS 9.4 is expected to release in the coming days because RC is usually the last build of an update before its public release.
So far the known features in the upcoming watchOS 9.4 update are:
- The option to recalibrate battery on Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm) model
- Cycle Tracking with retrospective ovulation estimates and cycle deviation alerts expanded to Ukraine and Moldova.
- Availability of the AFib History feature expanded to Colombia, Malaysia, Moldova, Thailand, and Ukraine.
watchOS 9.4 will be compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 and later, Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Ultra paired with iPhone 8 or later running on iOS 16 or later.