Apple today released the fifth public beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 update for public beta testers, a week after the fourth public beta was released and just days after a new developer beta was released.
The watchOS 7 update can be downloaded from the Apple Public Beta website after installing the correct profile. “WatchOS 7” should not be installed on a primary device as it is still an early beta and errors can occur. Also, there is no way to downgrade to watchOS 6.
WatchOS 7 is a major update that introduces a new Sleep Tracking feature for the Apple Watch that measures how long you sleep while wearing the Apple Watch.
It comes with a wind-down feature that lets you set up a bedtime routine that makes it easier to fall asleep at night, as well as a sleep mode that enables Do Not Disturb and dims the Apple Watch display.
The Apple Watch can also wake you up with haptic vibrations and offers a morning weather report and battery life information so you can start your day.
Along with these sleep tracking features, the Apple Watch has automatic hand washing detection that listens for running water and hand washing movements and then starts a 20 second timer so you can make sure you wash your hands for the appropriate amount of time.
A new watch face sharing feature lets you share watch faces with others and install new watch faces from the App Store, news, email, websites, and more.
In the newly renamed fitness app, which was previously the activity app, there’s a new Chronograph Pro face with a tachymeter, updates of complications, and new workout options.
The Maps app now supports directions for cyclists, Siri offers spoken translations, and there’s a Shortcuts app on the Apple Watch. For more information on what’s new in watcOS 7, see our watchOS 7 summary.
“WatchOS 7” is limited to Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5 models and is not compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.