We went hands-on with watchOS 7 in our newest YouTube video to offer MacRumors readers a preview of what is coming when the replace launches later this yr.
Apple nonetheless is not permitting customized watch faces, but it surely did add extra flexibility in watchOS 7. A number of problems from a single app can be utilized in your watch face, so in case you wished to do one thing like arrange a browsing themed watch face with information on swells, water temperature, and extra all taken from one app, you are able to do so.
There are a number of Apple-created problems so as to add to the Apple Watch in watchOS 7 for accessing Shortcuts, the Digicam Distant app, Moon phases, Sleep Monitoring, and the World Clock.
There’s additionally a brand new characteristic that permits for watch face sharing, so you possibly can create helpful watch faces and share them with family and friends over apps like Mail and Messages, or with a broader viewers on the net. Apple additionally plans to focus on helpful watch faces within the App Store.
Apple added a brand new Chronograph Professional watch face with a tachymeter, plus tweaked a couple of others. The Photos face helps shade filters and the X-Giant face works with problems.
Sleep Monitoring lets the Apple Watch be worn at evening to trace how a lot sleep you are getting, with sleep habits over time seen within the Well being app on the iPhone. The Apple Watch’s sleep monitoring does not present detailed information on metrics like deep sleep or gentle sleep, but it surely does come alongside Sleep Mode, Wind Down, and alarm options to maximise how a lot sleep you are getting.
Sleep Mode turns the Apple Watch’s show off and prompts Do Not Disturb whilst you’re asleep, and it may be set to return on robotically based mostly on the sleep schedule programmed into the watch. Wind Down works with your personal pre-bedtime preferences and might do issues like counsel that you just open a meditation app or flip down the lights as you get able to sleep. Within the morning, the Apple Watch can wake you up with a haptic alarm, greeting you within the morning with a climate report.
To ensure you have sufficient battery, the Apple Watch supplies notifications when it must be charged above 30 % earlier than bedtime, and in case you’re charging within the morning whilst you prepare for the day, you may see an alert in your telephone letting you recognize when the Apple Watch has a full cost.
Sleep monitoring battery drain is not too unhealthy, and in our expertise it drained about 30 % all through the evening, one thing that Apple could possibly enhance over the beta testing interval.
Together with sleep monitoring, Apple launched a brand new handwashing monitoring characteristic that helps individuals wash their palms for the really helpful 20 second period. When the Apple Watch detects handwashing motions and the sound of operating water, it begins up a 20 second countdown.
Apple renamed the “Exercise” app to “Health” in watchOS 7 and added new exercises that embody Dance, Useful Power Coaching, Core Coaching, and Cool Downs, and it supplies extra information submit exercise.
iOS 14 options like biking instructions for bike riders and EV routes for electrical automobile house owners have been added, Siri can supply spoken translations, Siri requests at the moment are sooner with on-device dictation, and there are new listening to well being options to higher defend your listening to when listening to music.
watchOS 7 is restricted to builders on the present time, however Apple plans to launch a watchOS 7 beta for public beta testers for the primary time. watchOS software program cannot be downgraded, so when the general public beta software program releases, beta testers will nonetheless wish to use warning earlier than putting in.
After a couple of months of beta testing to work out bugs and streamline new options, watchOS 7 will see a public launch this fall alongside iOS 14.