Wearable: watchOS 7 release date, beta, features and supported Apple Watches

Wearable: watchOS 7 release date, beta, features and supported Apple Watches

Wearable: watchOS 7 release date, beta, features and supported Apple Watches

The next big update, likely coming with Apple Watch 6

Apple has officially announced watchOS 7, a subsequent big update to its Apple Watch OS. We're expecting the remake to arrive alongside the Apple Watch 6 when it launches later in 2020.

Apple revealed watchOS 7 at its WWDC 2020 event where we also saw iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. While we won’t see the new smartwatch OS update for months, Apple revealed that, for the primary time, a watchOS 7 public beta is going to be available starting in July, which is exciting for early adopters.

WatchOS 7 is about to introduce exciting new features that will change how we use our Apple smartwatches. WatchOS updates have brought new features to older Apple Watches, true, but we’re more excited about what the updates say about the subsequent model.

We’d heard rumors of the latest health tracking (including measuring blood oxygen levels), but instead, Apple revealed that new sleep-tracking and fitness features would be coming to watchOS 7. If there are more dynamic health tracking options coming with the Apple Watch 6, we'd hear about them later.

Here are all the new features announced in watchOS 7, alongside what it hints at for the Apple Watch 6.

Cut to the chase


  1. What is it? Apple's next big update for Apple Watch
  2. When is it out? Likely around September, but with a beta before
  3. How much will it cost? Nothing


watchOS 7 release date and availability

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Based on precedent, it’s safe to mention that subsequent annual watchOS updates will are available late 2020, possibly September – that’s around when the Apple Watch launches tend to be, and that is once we were expecting to ascertain the iPhone 12.

However the Covid-19 pandemic has reportedly caused other Apple device releases to be pushed back, so we could see watchOS 7 released later than expected – or maybe even in 2021.

A watchOS 7 developer beta is out there starting today, and it is often downloaded through Apple's developer website – and, for the primary time, a public beta is going to be available sometime in July on the company's public beta website (we'll follow up when the precise date is announced).

Will you Apple Watch get watchOS 7?

Bucking tradition, Apple followed up announcing watchOS 7 by confirming which Apple Watches are going to be getting the new OS during a blog post. WatchOS 7 is confirmed for the Apple Watch 5, Apple Watch 4, and Apple Watch 3.

Yes, sadly, meaning the Apple Watch 2 and Apple Watch Series 1 owner are out of luck. Original Apple Watch owners omitted on last year's watchOS 6 update, and now we have a replacement threshold for devices which will upgrade to the newest watchOS.

watchOS 7 features



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Streamlined complications

WatchOS 7 gets refined complications, allowing devs to enable multiple complications and watch faces. you'll create your own custom selection, for instance, a 'surf watch' with beachside conditions, to form your ideal watch face.

WatchOS 7 also makes it easier to share your watch faces via a replacement feature, Face Sharing. once you see a watch face you wish, click the button prompt below it and therefore the face will download – and you will be prompted to download any missing complications.


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Sleep tracking eventually 

The Health app has finally added a long-requested sleep-tracking feature. This includes Wind Down, which allows you to make a customized routine to urge you to sleep, with options like whether to awaken via audio tones or haptic vibration for a quieter and more personal alarm. WatchOS 7 tracks roll in the hay some informed help from on-device machine learning and feed that info into the updated Health app on a paired iPhone.


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Maps: cycling options and more

Yes, a bit like in iOS 14, watchOS 7 will include cycling directions within the Maps app. This includes elevation changes and navigation prompts with large, easy-to-read complications, which are granular enough to inform you about upcoming elevation changes or other trip disruptions.

The app can even suggest you alter a visit yourself – as an example, advising you to dismount and walk the bike or take a group of stairs to save lots of time. you'll customize your trip, too, to avoid elevation change or to require the foremost direct route, hills are darned.


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Workouts: dance and cooldowns

Workouts are becoming an upgrade, too, with Dance added as a complete body workout. The dance will track four of the foremost popular (and broadly-defined) dance styles: Bollywood, cardio dance, hip hop, and Latin.

How? The Watch combines data from pulse sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope to live exertion while moving arms and legs. That's not all: there are a couple of other new workout modes, including core training, functional strength training, and even cool-downs for winding down your exercise sessions. you'll track all this within the redesigned Activity app – which can now be called Fitness – in iOS 14.

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Handwashing

Apparently, a number of you haven't been washing your hands enough! watchOS 7 will accompany automatic handwashing detection, which uses machine learning and audio cues to live whether you wash your hands for a full 20-second timer, with fun sounds to make sure you’re washing for long enough.

Better still, your handwashing data are going to be fed into the iPhone's Health app, which can show the frequency and duration of washing your hands. Not only is your Apple Watch + iPhone listening – the Health app also will provide information on the importance of handwashing. Those of you who haven't been, perhaps it is time to find out.

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Hearing

While watchOS 6 introduced the Noise app to notify users when their surroundings were loud enough to endanger their hearing, watchOS 7 is expanding the app's functionality to notify users when they've exceeded safe levels of media listening through headphones.

That's around 80 decibels for about 40 hours per week, consistent with the planet Health Organization – exceed that, and your Apple Watch will warn you about it. The Health app on the iPhone also will track how long you have been exposed to high decibel levels over the week (that's also where users can control the utmost audio level for headphone volume). In accordance with Apple's privacy attitude, none of this audio data is saved or recorded by the Health app or your Apple Watch.

Siri on-device

With watchOS 7, Apple Watches can now use Siri to handle translation, dictation through the Apple Neural Engine, and even use the voice assistant to audibly speak messages via the Announce Messages feature.



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