Apple Watch Series 6 and watchOS 7 to Feature Watch Face Sharing, Parental Controls and More

Along with the ability to detect blood oxygen saturation, the Apple Watch Series 6 and watchOS 7 are also expected to bring new watch faces, watch face sharing capabilities, and more.


In a new report out today that's based on code found in leaked iOS 14 snippets, 9to5Mac shares upcoming ‌Apple Watch‌ features.

  • Share Your Face - watchOS 7 will allow users to share specific watch face configurations with one another.
  • Infograph Pro Watch Face - There's a new Infograph Pro watch face that includes a tachymeter. A tachymeter can be used to compute speed based on travel time.
  • Photos Watch Faces - In watchOS 7, watch faces created from photos can be made using a shared album in addition to individual photos and groups of photos from albums.
  • Parental Controls - watchOS 7 will add features for managing an ‌Apple Watch‌ for a child with a parent's phone.
  • Schooltime - Allows parents to manage which apps and complications can be used during specific hours.
  • Control Center - Control center will feature new toggles for sleep mode and noise detection.
  • Architecture - In watchOS 7, apps are no longer based on extensions, which is a holdover from when apps required a phone app to function. That was eliminated in watchOS 6, and now in watchOS 7, apps will not have an extension base.

‌Apple Watch‌ Series 6 and watchOS 7 are expected to include a sleep tracking feature, which has been rumored many times before. The feature is allegedly confirmed within the ‌iOS 14‌ code, and a user will be able to set a personalized sleep goal in the Health app on iPhone, which will also offer up recommendations for improving sleep.

Details on watchOS 7 will be unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, but anything that also requires ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 6 will be hidden until the fall when new ‌Apple Watch‌ models are expected to debut.

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3 weeks ago
It’s really long past due to open up the ability for developers to create watch faces
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3 weeks ago
Maybe I'm crazy but if your child is young enough to need parental controls on a watch are they even old enough to need an apple watch?
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3 weeks ago
Share your Apple Watch Face?
Really? Umm... ok?
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3 weeks ago
Wow, for years people wanted to develop their own watch faces. And the best thing Apple comes up with is sharing the color of a watch face. Next year: share your watch's time with friends.
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3 weeks ago


Agreed. It's absolutely trash and underwhelming for a major update.


Every year there's a leak about a new feature or two. And every year somebody on here assumes that will be the only new feature and trashes the update as "underwhelming."
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3 weeks ago
Blood oxygen saturation

How is that underwhelming?
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