For the first time Apple has included watchOS for Apple Watch in the Public Beta Software Program and from today you can now install the latest software – watchOS 7.
watchOS 7 includes a number of new features including sleep tracking, watch face sharing and being able to detect when you’re washing your hands and starting a 20-second timer.
To install watchOS 7 Public Beta on your Apple Watch you firstly need to install the iOS 14 Public Beta on your iPhone.
The using your iPhone, head to the Apple Public Beta Program page and download the profile that will enable the update.
Once installed the profile will open in the Watch app on your iPhone.
The click on General > Software Update and you’ll find the watchOS 7 Beta.
To install this update on your Apple Watch it needs to have at least 50 per cent charge and also on the charger.
Here are the new features of watchOS 7:
For the first time Apple Watch will include sleep tracking which has tools to help you get the desired amount of sleep.
There will even be a new feature called Wind Down – a suggested sleep routine which offers the right time to go to bed.
It will switch on Do Not Disturb and also offer a calm lock screen and include shortcuts to play bedtime music and activate a bedtime scene through your smart devices.
Through the detection of micromovements through the Apple Watch accelerometer this can indicate the user’s breathing and chart the quality of their sleep.
WATCH FACE SHARING
Users will now be able to share customised watch faces and complications through Messages and Mail and on social media.
Developers can now share more than one complication per app on a single watch face to offer more information from a single app at a glance on the Apple Watch face.
HAND WASHING DETECTION
Now Apple Watch can detect when you’re washing hands through movement and the detection of the sound of running water.
It will also launch a timer so you know you’ve spent enough time washing your hands.
Apple Watch will also able to see how often they wash their hands – a particularly useful feature during the COVID-19 pandemic – and also offer a reminder to wash your hands when you get home.
MORE WORKOUT TYPES
The Workout app can now track four more activities like dance, core training, functional strength training and cooldown.
For dance, Apple Watch uses sensor fusion to detect correct calorie exertion and combines data from the heart rate sensors and accelerometer to detect these different movements.
Maps on Apple Watch will now include cycling directions and see elevation and travel time and give you an idea when you need to walk your bike up steep hills and stairs.
For the first time watchOS will be offered as a public beta in July.
The final version will become available around September and will be compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, or Apple Watch Series 5 paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later.