watchOS 7 – New features announced at WWDC 2020

The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the watchOS 7 update.

Apple Watch gets a few added small features as well as Sleep Tracking.

New watch faces and new compilations from Apple. You can now also add multiple compilations on one watch face, from one third-party app.

Face Sharing lets you share curated watch faces with friends. Discover new curated faces in the App Stores, online or in a message.

Cycling also comes to the watch. This is a great way to get directions without pulling out your phone while on a bike.

Dancing as well as new fitness activities can be tracked and counted towards calories burned, including Core Training, Functional Strength Training and Cooldown.

The Activity app on the iPhone gets a redesign and new name: Fitness.

Sleep lets you set when you want to go to sleep and wakeup. Wind Down minimizes distractions, and dims the displays on your phone and watch to help you sleep. New gentle alarms wake you up with sound of silent taps. Your motion and breaths will be monitored, giving you stats on sleeping patterns over time. Sleep schedule, Wind Down and sleep mode are also available on the iPhone with no watch. Night time was always the time to charge your watch. Apple are now encouring users to charge in the morning.

Hand washing detection automatically starts counting down when it detects the sounds and motion of washing your hands. It will alert your once 20 seconds is up.

watchOS 7 is available on Apple Watch Series 3 and up.

Full list of watchOS 7 features here.

Developer betas are ready to install today, with public betas coming in July. We can expect to see the public release to everyone in the fall. Find details here on all the other big announcements at WWDC 2020.

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