Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of watchOS 7 to Developers

Apple today seeded the eighth beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 beta to developers, one week after releasing the seventh beta and more than 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 introduces a 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, though watch faces can still only be created by Apple.

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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 includes 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 all of the other new features in ‌watchOS 7‌ can be found in our watchOS 7 roundup.

Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

Top Rated Comments

jicon Avatar
25 weeks ago

This is it my friends! We are so close to GM now. watchOS 6 Beta 8 is the best I've seen yet! Complications look beautiful, the weather app is working wonderfully, SMS notifications seem to be showing up as usual, and the whole experience seems smooth so far. I am really loving watchOS 6, and definitely Beta 8 shows that this is going to be such a fantastic release. Nice job on this one, Apple!
Just wait until you try WatchOS 7... :)
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jlocker Avatar
25 weeks ago
Time for a new Apple Watch 6! Apple Watch 0 has been a good friend over the years! :)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DogHouseDub Avatar
25 weeks ago
Beta 7 made my AW4 a battery hog. Looking forward to #8
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djlythium Avatar
25 weeks ago

Time for a new Apple Watch 6! Apple Watch 0 has been a good friend over the years! :)
? That's going to be such a massive upgrade.
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Johnny907 Avatar
25 weeks ago
Anyone notice anything new with this one? Hoping they fixed the battery drain issue in the last WatchOS and iOS betas. It’s been awhile since I had to charge my phone and watch at least once to get through a full day but that previous beta had me living that charger life.
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Braderunner Avatar
25 weeks ago

is Beta 8 the most betas in one build? It's gotta be up there!
I wonder if they are sticking with the same build number to make setting up a Series 6 easier for those who buy one.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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