Get ready for watchOS 9

Integrate new and powerful communication features in your apps with watchOS 9. Now you can deliver timely information with rich complications on more Apple Watch faces, enable sharing of your app content, and let users make VoIP calls directly from Apple Watch. In addition, selected photos can be used within your app and Bluetooth devices can stay connected in the background to let you immediately provide critical alerts. And with a simplified watchOS app structure, managing your projects is easier than ever.

Apple Watch with a multi-complication watch face.

Rich complications

Provide timely, relevant information with full-color images, text, and dynamic gauges on more than a dozen Apple Watch faces.

Apple Watch receiving a phone call.


VoIP apps can connect to CallKit on Apple Watch, allowing people to call and answer right from their wrist.

Sharing an audiobook from Apple Watch.

Enhanced sharing

Let people share content from your app using Messages, Mail, and more through the share sheet.

Apple Watch showing the photos picker within a message app.

Photos picker

Display the Photos picker designed just for watchOS for people to select and share images in your app.

Sharing an audiobook from Apple Watch.

Bluetooth device enhancements

Apps that support Bluetooth-connected devices can connect in the background to send timely critical alerts.

Simplified app structure

A new watchOS app template in Xcode simplifies app creation and management, with a single target for code, assets, extensions, and localizations.

What’s new for Apple developers

Discover even more new and updated technologies across Apple platforms, so you can create your best apps yet.

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Tools and resources

Use Xcode and these resources to build your apps for watchOS.

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