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Apple has officially released the public beta version of watchOS 7 to provide Apple Watch users with a glimpse of all the new features which the company announced at its annual developer conference WWDC 2020, and are set to arrive this autumn - sometime in late September or early October.
To give you a little idea of this update, the watchOS 7 public beta includes some amazing features such as sleep tracking and automatic handwashing detection to deliver an advanced experience to all compatible Apple Watch models. Also, it brings additional customization to watch faces including Chronograph Pro with the ability to a tachymeter and even allow users to download customized watch faces from websites.
watchOS 7 Supported Devices -
With this year’s introduction of watchOS 7, Apple is dropping support for Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2. Hence, this means that those models will stick to watchOS 6, while the following will be updated to watchOS 7 when the release will fall :
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
watchOS 7 Features
Apple introduced watchOS 7 in late June with an enhanced personalization. It lets you better configure watch faces and can even discover them through websites and social media posts. You can also add the tachymeter to the Chronograph Pro watch face. Further, Apple has also provided support for developers to add more than one complication per app on a single watch face.
In addition, watchOS 7 brings the anticipated sleep tracking feature. It also uses the built-in motion sensors and microphone of the Apple Watch alongside on-device machine learning to enable automatic handwashing detection. Further, there are updates to the Noise app that was debuted on watchOS 6 with the ability to answer how loudly users are listening to media through their headphones using their Apple devices and when these levels could impact their hearing.
How to download watchOS 7 Public Beta
The watchOS 7 public beta can be downloaded on Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, or Apple Watch Series 5 models. As said earlier, you won't be able to get the new experience if you own an Apple Watch Series 1 or Apple Watch Series 2. Further, your iPhone must be running iOS 14 beta to let you install the new watchOS version on your Apple Watch.
To begin with the process, sign up for the Apple Beta Software Programme with your Apple ID.
It is also important to note that you won't be able to move back to watchOS 6 after installing the watchOS 7 public beta on your Apple Watch. Similarly, the beta version doesn't include VoiceOver support.
Since this is a beta, you should probably not install it on your daily driver Apple Watch. At least it’s not recommended. If you do install it, beware that there may be bugs and other issues with watchOS 7 right now and you may have to reset your Apple Watch as a result. If you’re still planning to install watchOS 7 public beta, make sure you backup your Apple Watch before doing so and let us know whether you like the features or not?