watchOS 9 introduces new running metrics and medication reminders

Apple announced today the latest version of its smartwatch platform, watchOS 9.

On top of usual updates like new watch faces and fitness features, it'll also introduce expanded running metrics and medication reminders.

The final public release is slated for this fall when the new Apple Watch Series 8 arrives.

Apple is also adding new running metrics, such as running form, stride length, and ground contact time, and heart rate zones, which is good news if you like training by intensity.

Speaking of swimming, watchOS 9 introduces kickboard detection so the watch will be able to track swims in which a kickboard is used.

On top of rumors that Apple will launch three new Apple Watch models later this year, it makes sense to retire the five-year-old device now that its hardware can't support the software.