watchOS 7 Overview Updated September 13, 2021

watchOS 7

New features include sleep tracking, new work outs, hand washing detection, and more

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February 2020 - September 2021


During the WWDC 2020 presentation, Apple unveiled watchOS 7 for Apple Watch. In watchOS 7, Apple is adding a number of new features.

watchOS 7 features

watchOS 7 offers updates to faces for more personalization and faster access to your favorite apps. The ultraprecise Chronograph Pro includes a tachymeter to calculate speed based on time traveled over a fixed distance, the Photos face offers color filters, and the bold X-Large face now has an option to add a rich complication to your screen. The Chronograph Pro face features an integrated tachymeter.

Developers can now offer more than one complication per app on a watch face. For example, Glow Baby can display multiple complications that help parents track bottle-feeding, breastfeeding, pumping statistics, and nap times, while Dawn Patrol can show tide, wind speed, and water temperature from a favorite surf spot.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all the benefits of washing our hands. Washing hands for at least 20 seconds can help prevent the spread of illness. Apple Watch uses motion sensors, microphone, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds. It then starts a 20-second timer, and if the person finishes early, watchOS 7 will prompt to keep washing. Apple Watch can also conveniently remind the user to wash their hands when they return home.

“We’re energized 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.”

With watchOS 7, Apple Watch now offers workout tracking for  Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cooldown. With iOS 14, there is a redesigned Activity app on iPhone, now called Fitness, which provides a streamlined view of workout data.

watchOS 7 also adds sleep tracking to the Apple Watch. Through the detection of micro-movements from the Apple Watch’s accelerometer, which signals sleep, Apple Watch intelligently captures when the user is sleeping and how much sleep they get each night. In the morning, the user will see a visualization of their previous night’s sleep, including periods of wake and sleep. They will also see a chart showing their weekly sleep trend.

watchOS 7 release date

watchOS 7 was released on September 16th, 2020 for Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, or Apple Watch Series 5 paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later.

Continue reading for the latest information about the upcoming Apple Watch update.

 

watchOS 7 Stories September 13

One day before the “California Streaming” event, Apple is releasing watchOS 7.6.2 for all users. This update brings an important security update.

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watchOS 7 Stories July 29

One week after seeding watchOS 7.6 to the public, Apple is now releasing watchOS 7.6.1. With this version, the company addresses an important security fix.

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watchOS 7 Stories July 19

Apple earlier today released watchOS 7.6 for Apple Watch users, which brings some bug fixes and also enables the ECG app in more regions. According to Apple, both ECG and irregular heart rate notifications are now available in 30 additional countries. Read on as we detail which countries have received the update.

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Apple is finally releasing today watchOS 7.6, one of the last updates to the watchOS 7 cycle. With this version, users in 30 additional regions will be able to use the ECG app with Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5, or Series 6.

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watchOS 7 Stories May 24

In addition to iOS 14.6, Apple today is also rolling out watchOS 7.5 for Apple Watch users. This update brings the ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification features to more countries, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions support, and more.

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watchOS 7 Stories May 17

One week after releasing watchOS 7.5 beta 3, Apple has seeded the release candidate for the build to both developers and public beta testers. The update brings the ECG app to two new countries, Apple Card Family Sharing support, Podcasts subscriptions, and more.

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watchOS 7 Stories May 10

Apple today released the third beta of watchOS 7.5 to developers, following the release of the second beta version on April 30. The update likely comes with more bug fixes and general improvements.

Update: Apple also released watchOS 7.5 beta 3 to public beta users as well.

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watchOS 7 Stories May 3

Following the release of the iOS 14.5.1 update to the public, Apple has just released watchOS 7.4.1 for Apple Watch users. The company doesn’t say exactly what has changed with today’s update beyond mentioning that this version brings security improvements.

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watchOS 7 Stories April 30

Apple surprisingly released the second beta of watchOS 7.5 to developers on Friday, just a week after releasing the first beta versions of iOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5, and more. The update likely comes with bug fixes and general improvements.

Update: watchOS 7.5 beta 2 is now available to public beta users as well.

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watchOS 7 Stories April 26

The release version of the watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users are now able to use Apple Watch to replace Face ID and a passcode when wearing a facial covering like a mask.

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watchOS 7 Stories April 7

Apple has just released the seventh beta of watchOS 7.4 to developers. This update brings an important new feature that lets Apple Watch users unlock iPhone models with Face ID when wearing a mask instead of asking for a password.

Update: Apple has just released watchOS 7.4 beta 7 for public beta users as well.

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watchOS 7 Stories March 31

The sixth developer beta version of the upcoming watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users will be able to use Apple Watch to replace Face ID and a passcode when wearing a facial covering once this update goes public.

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watchOS 7 Stories March 23

The fifth and hopefully last developer beta version of the upcoming watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users will be able to use Apple Watch to replace Face ID and a passcode when wearing a facial covering once this update goes public.

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watchOS 7 Stories March 15

The fourth developer beta version of the upcoming watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users will especially appreciate this update as it allows the Apple Watch to replace Face ID and a passcode when wearing a facial covering.

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watchOS 7 Stories March 5

Update March 5, 2021: watchOS 7.4 beta 3 is also now available to public beta users as well.

The third developer beta version of the upcoming watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users will especially appreciate this update as it allows the Apple Watch to replace Face ID and a passcode when wearing a facial covering.

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watchOS 7 Stories February 16

Alongside the release of iOS 14.5 beta 2 today, Apple is also releasing the second developer beta of watchOS 7.4. This update includes the corresponding watchOS features to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch while wearing a mask.

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watchOS 7 Stories February 15

Apple has released watchOS 7.3.1 to the public today. According to the company, the update includes a fix for Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE users related to Power Reserve. The update is only available for Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE.

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watchOS 7 Stories February 4

At first, it appeared the iOS 14.5 public beta arrived without the watchOS 7.4 this afternoon. However, the latest watchOS beta is now available, it’s just slightly hidden as it only shows up after first upgrading to iOS 14.5. watchOS 7.4 brings the handy Apple Watch Unlock feature for iPhone when wearing a mask.

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watchOS 7 Stories January 26

watchOS 7.3 will arrive for all Apple Watch users today. The latest release includes the new Unity watch face collection, ECG coming to new countries, and bug fixes alongside the new Time to Walk feature that officially debuted yesterday.

Update 10:05 am PT: watchOS 7.3 is now available alongside iOS 14.4.

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watchOS 7 Stories January 21

Apple today launched watchOS 7.3 RC to developers, which enables ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications in more countries, guided audio walking workouts for Apple Fitness+ subscribers, and also a new watch face called “Unity.” As watchOS 7.3 is not yet available to the public, read on for a first look at this new watch face created by Apple.

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Apple has been testing watchOS 7.3 and other software updates since December last year, and now it seems the company is ready to release them to the public. Following the release of iOS 14.4 RC, Apple has just released watchOS 7.3 RC to developers — which brings a new watch face and also enables ECG in Japan and three other countries.

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Sleep tracking with Apple Watch is a great way to gain new insight into your sleeping habits and trends over time. In fact, with the release of watchOS 7 last fall, Apple officially added native sleep tracking support to the Apple Watch for the first time. Read on as we round up the best sleep tracking apps for Apple Watch, comparing Apple’s first-party solution with the competition.

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watchOS 7 Stories December 27, 2020

One of the changes in watchOS 7 that went under the radar is support for changing your Apple Watch activity rings. While Apple has long allowed you to customize your red move goal, only this year did it add support for changing the green exercise ring and blue stand ring. Here’s how it works and how to set it up on your new Apple Watch.

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watchOS 7 Stories December 22, 2020

Apple Watch hardware has improved at a steady clip over the years, but the software has also received marked improvements with each new iteration of watchOS. The latest version, watchOS 7, brings big improvements in three key new areas: new watch faces features, fleshed-out fitness enhancements, and the Sleep app. After using watchOS 7 daily for the past few months, and with the recent launch of Apple Fitness+ capping off the release, here’s my final recap review of watchOS 7.

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