Apple issues first public beta of watchOS 7

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2020

Apple today seeded the first public beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 update to public beta testers, one week after seeding the fourth beta to developers and a month and a half after the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Public beta builds can be acquired from the Apple Beta Software Program website, once users have signed up to take part. This means you won't be required to have a developer account to download and test the next version of watchOS. When you're in, you can enrol your Apple Watch and then download the beta profile from your iPhone. Although you can already download third-party sleep tracking apps to the product, Apple has finally made a decision to create its own.

Another interesting feature is watchOS 7's ability to detect when you're washing your hands. A 20-second timer can then be displayed, telling you how much longer you need to scrub. The Sleep app will have automatic sleep tracking, and a new tab will be added to the Health app. Dancing has been added as a fitness workout on the Apple Watch. Only proceed if you're fully aware with the risks and potential issues that may pop-up as a result of using a beta software. Another drawback is how the VoiceOver feature isn't now supported in the watchOS 7 beta.

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