Apple Watch users, this is good news for you! Apple has announced watchOS 7, the next major update to its Apple Watch. It is expected to be released later in 2020 with the Apple Watch 6.
At the WWDC 2020 virtual event, the tech giant has announced a number of new features for the watchOS 7. As an Apple Watch user for over two years now, here are my favorite features:
Apple has finally given in to a longtime request! The Health app is now equipped with a sleep-tracking feature. This means it’s time to say goodbye to third-party sleep tracking apps.
It also has a new feature called Wind Down which allows its users to create a personalized routine to help them sleep. The user will also be able to see a chart of their previous night’s sleep and a weekly sleep trend. In addition, the update includes an alarm to help users wake up with a silent haptic or gentle sounds.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple’s update will make sure its wearer will wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. In a first-of-its-kind innovation for a wearable, Apple Watch uses its motion sensors, microphones, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds.
The watch then starts a 20-second timer, and if the wearer finishes early, a prompt will appear to keep washing. The Health app will show the frequency and duration of the user’s handwashing. Your watch will know if you’re not washing your hands properly!
The Workout app will also be getting an upgrade. The update will add Dance as a total body workout which will track four popular dance styles: Bollywood, cardio dance, hip hop, and Latin. Aside from Dance, new workout types like Core Training, Functional Strength Training, and Cooldown will also be added.
The Activity app on the iPhone which is now called Fitness will provide a streamlined view of data including daily Activity, Workouts, Awards, and Activity Trends on one tab, and Activity Sharing and Activity Competitions on another.
The new WatchOS will be released later in the year as a free update. It will work on the Apple Watch Series 3, 4, and 5, paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS15 or later.