Today, Apple released the first public beta of watchOS 7 to those who are enrolled in the company’s beta testing program. This public release comes a week after watchOS beta 4 was released to developers and more than a month after watchOS 7 was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Watch owners who want to test out the beta software first need to be enrolled in Apple’s public beta testing program. If you are not yet registered, you can sign up at Apple’s Public Beta website for free. Once you are logged into your beta account, you can install the proper profile on your device and then install the beta update.
watchOS 7 is a significant update with a critical feature that we’ve been yearning for in the Apple Watch – sleep tracking. You’ll be able to wear your Apple Watch at night while the device monitors your heart rate and movement as you sleep. This data is then analyzed on the phone and provides details about the quality and quantity of your sleep.
Along with sleep tracking, watchOS has a wind-down feature that’ll help you prepare for bed each night. It also has a sleep mode that automatically turns on Do Not Disturb and dims the brightness on the Apple Watch. When it is time for your day to begin, the Watch can gently wake you up with haptic vibrations. You can view the weather and check the watch’s power level so you can slap it on the charger if needed.
Sleeping tracking may be the most anticipated feature of watchOS 7, but it is hardly the only new feature. There’s a new watch sharing feature that allows you to create a new watch face and share it with other people.
You can also install new watch faces from the App Store, messages, email, and even websites. Other changes include a new Chronograph Pro watch face with tachymeter, a modern Fitness app that replaces the Activity app, and improved complications.
Apple is expected to release watchOS 7 along with new Apple Watch hardware this fall. watchOS will be featured on the company’s upcoming Watch Series 6.