Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of watchOS 7 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the third public beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 update to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second public beta and just a few days after seeding a new beta to developers.

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The watchOS 7 update can be downloaded after installing the proper profile from Apple's Public Beta website. watchOS 7 should not be installed on a primary device as it is still an early beta and there could be bugs, plus there is no way to downgrade back to watchOS 6.

watchOS 7 is a major update that introduces a new Sleep Tracking feature for the Apple Watch, which is designed to measure how long you're asleep as you wear the Apple Watch while sleeping.

It comes along with a Wind Down feature that helps you establish a bedtime routine to make it easier to fall asleep at night, as well as a Sleep Mode that turns on Do Not Disturb and dims the Apple Watch display.

The Apple Watch can also wake you up with haptic vibrations, providing a weather report in the morning as well as info on battery life so you can get your day started.

Along with these sleep tracking features, the Apple Watch has automatic handwashing detection that listens for the sound of running water and handwashing motions and then starts a 20-second timer so you can make sure you're washing your hands for the appropriate amount of time.

There's a new watch Face Sharing feature that lets you share watch faces with others and install new watch faces from the App Store, Messages, Mail, websites, and more.

There's a new Chronograph Pro face with tachymeter, updates to complications, and new workout options in the newly renamed Fitness app, which was previously the Activity app.

The Maps app now supports directions for cyclists, Siri provides spoken translations, and there's a Shortcuts app on the Apple Watch. For more on what's new in watcOS 7, make sure to check out our watchOS 7 roundup.

watchOS 7 is limited to the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5 models, and is not compatible with the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 7
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Top Rated Comments

BSG75 Avatar
15 months ago

Having never owned a Apple Watch, please forgive me if this is a dumb question.

If one uses their watch during the day, and charge at night (as is the norm from what I've read). Then how is it going to track your sleep, if its charging?
Some people charge their watch while getting ready in the morning.

I usually charge my Series 5 in the evening before going to bed. When I wake up in the morning, it’s charged around 85% and lasts through the day. When I charge it in the evening, it’s around 25-30%. While it’s charging, I put on one of my mechanical watches.

Edited to add: I’m on WatchOS 7 public beta.
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Ntombi Avatar
15 months ago

Having never owned a Apple Watch, please forgive me if this is a dumb question.

If one uses their watch during the day, and charge at night (as is the norm from what I've read). Then how is it going to track your sleep, if its charging?
I got my Watch specifically for Fall Detection, so I wear it while sleeping and in the shower. That means I had to figure out how to charge it outside of those typical times.

Turns out, it charges pretty quickly, so I charge it when I know I’m going to be sitting and reading (or watching TV) for an hour or so. Doing that at some point during the day has worked perfectly for me, and I think I’ve run out of battery maybe twice in the almost two years I’ve had the Series 4.

I’ve also had the public beta since it was released, and been fine keeping to my routine.

I have a friend who keeps her charger at her desk, and charges her series 4 when she starts checking work e-mail first thing in the morning. Connecting it to a work routine makes her less likely to forget to charge it.
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4jasontv Avatar
15 months ago
Excessive hand washing drys your skin. Also, seatbelts wrinkle shirts and turn signals distract other drivers.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jumia Avatar
15 months ago
Available for real this time ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dvdlovr24 Avatar
15 months ago

I haven't owned a Apple Watch before. So, please forgive me is if this is a dumb question. But if you use the watch during the day, as everyone does, and charge at night. How is it going to track your sleep, if its charging?
I charge mine for about 2 hours before I go to bed. It goes from around 20% to 100% in that time.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neoelectronaut Avatar
15 months ago
The handwashing timer has been really neat.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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