Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 7 to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 beta to developers, one week after releasing the fifth beta and two months after unveiling watchOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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To install the ‌watchOS 7‌ beta, developers need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the ‌‌watchOS 7‌‌ beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌iPhone‌‌. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device rather than a primary device as this is an early version of the watchOS software that could have bugs that still need to be addressed.

‌watchOS 7‌ brings a new watch face sharing feature that lets you share your watch faces with others through Messages or Mail, the App Store, through websites, or through social Media.

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There are new Chronograph Pro watch faces, plus a filter option for the Photos face and rich complications for the X-Large face. Developers can now offer more than one complication per app, and Apple has introduced new complications for Shortcuts, Moon phases, the World Clock, and more.

‌‌watchOS 7‌‌ introduces a new Sleep Tracking feature for the first time that uses the ‌Apple Watch‌'s accelerometer to detect small movements associated with breathing when asleep. Sleep Tracking provides information on sleep duration and offers a Wind Down feature for helping users get ready for bed to increase sleep times.

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Putting the Apple Watch in Sleep Mode turns on Do Not Disturb and automatically darkens the watch screen while you're sleeping, while an alarm feature uses haptic feedback or gentle sounds to wake you up with a greeting and a weather report.

In addition to Sleep Tracking, Apple also added a new handwashing tracking feature to help people wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. There's a 20-second countdown timer that comes up whenever the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and sounds, and the Health app will also show the frequency and duration of the user's handwashing.

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Additional details on the other new features in ‌watchOS 7‌ can be found in our watchOS 7 roundup.

Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6
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Top Rated Comments

Stromos Avatar
9 months ago
Anyone want to confirm Public Beta is out? Two hours and I've had zero luck getting the update to show on the watch or the watch app.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BSG75 Avatar
9 months ago
Me, either. Updated to the latest iOS 14 beta and when I check to update my watch, it’s not showing up.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
9 months ago
I think MR jumped the gun with the PB beta release announcement. No other tech site has reported a PB beta 6 WatchOS 7 release.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Braderunner Avatar
9 months ago
Any second now, someone will say it is "buttery smooth" or a "dream". After being released for a minute or two. It's hilarious!
It always seems kind of "fishy". Especially when they claim to have tested it before it's even been released.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dcingie Avatar
9 months ago

Anyone want to confirm Public Beta is out? Two hours and I've had zero luck getting the update to show on the watch or the watch app.
Same experience here
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Braderunner Avatar
9 months ago

Excellent first hour with this beta... it updated quickly and smoothly, and all of my watch faces are rendering beautifully. Cellular data seems snappy, complications are updating... this one seems very very close to being ready for GM. Such a smooth experience... can't wait for the final version of watchOS 7!
Smooth like....? Haha!
At least this time you waited almost 30 minutes after "installing". Sorry, hasn't been an hour. Plus, it takes time to install.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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