Apple first announced watchOS 7 back in late June at this year’s worldwide Worldwide Developers Conference. As we approach a public launch, the public beta continues.
Apple on Thursday released the fifth public beta of watchOS 7 to public beta testers. This is an important software update for the mobile operating system, and brings with it a number of new features.
If you are already part of the public beta program, you can download and install the new pre-release software right away as long as you have your devices properly registered. If you are not part of the public beta program but would like to be, you can sign up with this link.
To update, the Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery life. It must also be connected to the charger, and connected and within range of the iPhone.
watchOS 7 brings with it many new features. The new software includes the ability to not only download new dials in general, but also quickly share them to show them to other Apple Watch owners. watchOS 7 also includes a new handwashing detection feature (which will track you in washing your hands for at least 20 seconds), which according to Apple is the result of “years of work”.
The new smartwatch operating system also includes sleep tracking features, which are described as follows:
Through detection of micro-movements from the clock’s accelerometer, which signals respiration during sleep, the 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 the previous night’s sleep, including periods of waking and sleeping. They will also see a chart showing their weekly sleep trend.
There are also new sound alerts, new workouts that can be tracked with the smartwatch and more.
Here are the system requirements for watchOS 7:
If you are part of the public beta program, you can now download and install the latest beta.