It's been a long time coming, but Apple finally released the official version of watchOS 7. This software update brings a ton of new features, as well as improvements to old ones. There are faster animations, changes to your fitness goals, and many performance improvements that'll make your Apple Watch feel brand new. There are a lot of new things to discover and play around with, so continue reading to learn about our top picks for the new features and changes you need to try right now.
Improved Camera Remote App
Apple made some small improvements to the camera remote app on your Apple Watch. Now, you'll see you have the option to turn on the 3-second timer right on the center of your Apple Watch display.
You can turn the timer on or off using the new options button. There are other options available there as well, such as turning on your flash, switching between the front and back cameras, and turning Live Photos and HDR on or off.
Quick Access to Your Complications
This is a smaller change, but it'll save you a few extra seconds and taps in the future.
Before, when you wanted to access a complication, you had to tap your Apple Watch twice: one to wake it up, and a second one to select the complication.
watchOS 7 changed this and now you can tap on the complication and your Apple watch will access it immediately. As I said, it's a small change, but a welcomed one.
New Watch Faces
Apple announced a bunch of new watch faces that are available with watchOS 7. There are new regular watch faces, like the typograph watch face and a GTM watch face that shows different time zones.
There's also a new Stripe watch face that's customizable. You can change the number of stripes, their angle, and their colors. There's also a customizable Memoji watch face, but we'll talk about that one in a moment.
Another cool new face is the Artist watch face. Whenever you look at your watch, a new character or color will appear on your screen. It's got an artistic style, and it's really fun to look at.
Memoji Watch Faces
Memojis might not be for everyone, but if you're one of the many people that like them, you now have the chance to use your Memoji as your watch face.
watchOS 7 lets you use your very own Memoji as a watch face which will make a small animation if you tap on it. Not only that but, if you want, you can use Animojis as watch faces as well.
When editing your watch face, you can select if you want to have both Memojis and Animojis in your watch face, which will let you see a new Memoji every time you look at your screen.
But you can also select a specific Memoji or Animoji from the options available. You can customize the background color and the complications.
New Shortcuts App
watchOS 7 brings a new Shortcuts app that you can use right on your Apple Watch. The Shortcuts were only available on iPhone before, so now you can have a bunch of new personalized actions on your wrist.
When you open the Shortcuts app you'll see every shortcut you have available on your iPhone. Now, instead of going to your iPhone, you can start a shortcut right from your Apple Watch.
New Sleep Tracking App
We've known about Apple's first sleep tracking app for a while now. But if you never had the chance to try it, now it's a perfect time.
You can track how much and how well you sleep with your iPhone and the Health app on your iPhone. You can also customize your time to go to bed and even create a Wind Down time where your iPhone and Apple Watch won't disturb you before you go to bed.
The downside? Your Apple Watch's battery life. Since you have to wear your Apple Watch when you go to bed, you won't have the chance to charge it while you're sleeping.
If you're running low on battery, your Apple Watch will tell you it needs to charge before you go to bed. Still, if you don't have to rush in the morning, you should give it a try. The Sleep tracking app works pretty well, and it'll give you a lot of useful information to improve your sleep and your night routine.
The Workout app also got new workout routines with this update.
If you go to your workout app, you'll see there are some new workouts to choose from, including a new Functional Strenght Training, Dance, and Core Training.
This is to prepare us for Apple's new Apple Fitness+ subscription service, which will let you watch the progress on your Apple Watch right on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Better Watch Face Customization
Apple also made great improvements to the watch face customization. In watchOS 7, the customize button you knew was replaced with an Edit button.
Not only that but there are also many tweaks to the overall user interface of the watch face customization. For instance, you'll have a small color palette on the right of your Apple Watch where you can see which colors you can use.
Finally, the biggest change has to be on the complications. Before you could select the complication you wanted to change and you'd need to scroll to change it, which was a bit hard and annoying. Now, you can select the complication you want to change, and a window will pop up with all the complications you can add. It makes it so much easier to see which complication you want and a small preview of it.
The New Handwashing Feature
It may sound funny at first, but the Apple Watch has a new handwashing feature that'll help you wash your hands for a least 20 seconds.
In this day and age, having an app that reminds you to wash your hands, and gives you information about how many times you've washed them in a day or a week could be life-saving.
That's why your Apple Watch can now automatically detect when you're washing your hands, based on your hand movements and the sound of water and soap, and starts a countdown for 20 seconds that you can see on your screen.
It's a helpful feature, but you can still turn it off if you'd like.
Improvements to the Noise App
The Noise app, which was first introduced in watchOS 6, has seen some improvements that are worth checking out.
Before, the Noise app would let you know if the noises around you were too loud, and would suggest that you skedaddle. Now, your iPhone and Apple Watch can control how loud your headphones are. Based on the number of decibels the human ear can tolerate, your Apple Watch and iPhone will automatically turn the volume of your headphones down.
Even if you don't have any hearing difficulties now, using this feature can help you avoid any problems in the future, especially if you're someone who constantly uses headphones.