Apple Watch users just got a great free upgrade which runners will love

WatchOS 9.2 has been released – and it features a host of cool new features

Apple Watch SE 2022
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One of the great things about owning an Apple Watch is the constant stream of updates. Every now and then, a big software boost brings new features and apps to enhance the usability of your smartwatch – and it's free!

That's exactly what the latest WatchOS 9.2 update brings to the table. We already got a host of updates in the larger WatchOS 9 update earlier this year, but that hasn't stopped Apple from packing this one full of features, too.

The most notable addition is a feature called Race Route, which will note the routes you run or cycle on often and allow you to do battle with your own personal best. Plus, there's another new feature called Pacer. This allows you to set a goal for distance and time, and prompts you to go faster or slower to meet that target. 

As part of the update to runners, there is also a new feature which will automatically recognise when you arrive at a running track. This is done through GPS, and will provide you with specific metrics about the location.

Elsewhere, there are a host of smaller tweaks and updates to other parts of the WatchOS experience. The kickboxing activity is better now, with improvements to the algorithm. Outside of fitness, there's a change to the Noise app. For users with Airpods Max or Airpods Pro (1st generation), the app will display when environmental sound levels have been reduced, thanks to the Active Noise Cancellation technology.

Plus, improvements have been made to the Crash Detection algorithm. Since it was unveiled, there have been multiple reports of the feature being accidentally triggered during rollercoaster rides and on ski slopes. The drastic change in altitude over a short period of time is recognised by the Crash Detection as a hazard, potentially causing the emergency services to be called unnecessarily. It's unclear just what upgrades have been made, but it's likely an attempt to combat some of those issues.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.