We went hands-on with âwatchOS 7â in our latest YouTube video to give MacRumors readers a preview of whatâs coming when the update launches later this year.
Apple still isnât allowing custom watch faces, but it did add more flexibility in âwatchOS 7â. Multiple complications from a single app can be used on your watch face, so if you wanted to do something like set up a surfing themed watch face with info on swells, water temperature, and more all taken from one app, you can do so.
There are several Apple-created complications to add to the âApple Watchâ in âwatchOS 7â for accessing Shortcuts, the Camera Remote app, Moon phases, Sleep Tracking, and the World Clock.
Thereâs also a new feature that allows for watch face sharing, so you can create useful watch faces and share them with friends and family over apps like Mail and Messages, or with a broader audience on the web. Apple also plans to highlight useful watch faces in the App Store.
Apple added a new Chronograph Pro watch face with a tachymeter, plus tweaked a few others. The Photos face supports color filters and the X-Large face works with complications.
Sleep Tracking lets the âApple Watchâ be worn at night to track how much sleep youâre getting, with sleep habits over time visible in the Health app on the iPhone. The âApple Watchââs sleep tracking doesnât provide detailed data on metrics like deep sleep or light sleep, but it does come alongside Sleep Mode, Wind Down, and alarm features to maximize how much sleep youâre getting.
Sleep Mode turns the âApple Watchââs display off and activates Do Not Disturb while youâre asleep, and it can be set to come on automatically based on the sleep schedule programmed into the watch. Wind Down works with your own pre-bedtime preferences and can do things like suggest that you open a meditation app or turn down the lights as you get ready to sleep. In the morning, the âApple Watchâ can wake you up with a haptic alarm, greeting you in the morning with a weather report.
To make sure you have enough battery, the âApple Watchâ provides notifications when it needs to be charged above 30 percent before bedtime, and if youâre charging in the morning while you get ready for the day, youâll see an alert on your phone letting you know when the âApple Watchâ has a full charge.
Sleep tracking battery drain isnât too bad, and in our experience it drained about 30 percent throughout the night, something that Apple may be able to improve over the beta testing period.
Along with sleep tracking, Apple introduced a new handwashing monitoring feature that helps people wash their hands for the recommended 20 second duration. When the âApple Watchâ detects handwashing motions and the sound of running water, it starts up a 20 second countdown.
Apple renamed the âActivityâ app to âFitnessâ in âwatchOS 7â and added new workouts that include Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cool Downs, and it provides more data post workout.
iOS 14 features like cycling directions for bike riders and EV routes for electric vehicle owners have been added, Siri can offer spoken translations, âSiriâ requests are now faster with on-device dictation, and there are new hearing health features to better protect your hearing when listening to music.
âwatchOS 7â is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple plans to release a âwatchOS 7â beta for public beta testers for the first time. watchOS software canât be downgraded, so when the public beta software releases, beta testers will still want to use caution before installing.
After a few months of beta testing to work out bugs and streamline new features, âwatchOS 7â will see a public release this fall alongside âiOS 14â.
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