watchOS 9.5 released with new Pride Celebration watch face

Apple has released watchOS 9.5 for Apple Watch Series 4 and later models. The update features a new Pride Celebration watch face, and a number of bug fixes.

watchOS 9.5

What’s new in watchOS 9.5 beta?

May 18 – Apple has released the final version of watchOS 9.5 to all users. Here are the release notes from Apple:

watchOS 9.5 includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including a new Pride Celebration watch face to honor the LGBTQ+ community and culture.

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May 9 – Apple has seeded watchOS 9.5 release candidate.

May 2 – Apple has released the fourth developer beta.

April 25 – Apple has released the third public beta to developers.

April 12 – The second public beta is now available for testers.

April 11 – Apple has released the second developer beta for watchOS 9.5. This update now supports installing betas via Apple ID, similar to iOS 16.4.

March 30 – Apple has released the first public beta for watchOS 9.5.

March 28 – Apple has released the first beta of watchOS 9.5 to developers. The company has not shared any release notes or known issues for the update. We will update this post if and when we find any noticeable new features in this update.

watchOS 9.5 compatible watch models

watchOS 9.5 is supported on the following Apple Watch models:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch Ultra

You also need an iPhone 8 or later on iOS 16 or later to use the latest update.

If you don’t have a developer beta profile installed, you can get one by either registering to the Apple Developer Center, or signing up to Apple’s public beta software program.

If you have already installed a developer beta profile on your Apple Watch, downloading the latest release candidate is as simple as navigating to Settings > General > Software Update in the Watch app on your iPhone. However, unless you have technical expertise, we advise against installing a prerelease version of watchOS on your Apple Watch. This is because downgrading the operating system is not possible if something goes awry.

Apple had previously released watchOS 9.4 which introduced Cycle Tracking and AFib History to more locations and also improved how wake-up alarms work. The update also recalibrates the battery on Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm).

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