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Apple Watch can now track your sleep and detect when you’re washing your hands

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Your Apple Watch will now be able accurately track your sleep, detect when you’re washing your hands and allow users to share watch faces with the new watchOS 7 update unveiled during the virtual Apple 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple Watch will now include several new health and fitness features with the new watchOS 7.

“We’re energised by the positive impact Apple Watch is having on our customers and are excited to deliver meaningful new tools that support their health, fitness, and wellness,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

“watchOS 7 brings sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workout types together with a whole new way to discover and use watch faces, helping our users stay healthy, active, and connected.”

SLEEP TRACKING

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

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.