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Apple revealedduring its WWDC keynote earlier this summer, showcasing some of the new features coming to the next version of the software that will power . The update is not expected to be delivered until this autumn, and is . Above all, we see three new features that will forever change the way you use your Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch will also have some smaller but potentially useful features. For example astarts a countdown timer when it detects movement associated with someone washing their hands to make sure you get your 20 seconds. There is also as part of Apple’s fitness tracking that counts every calorie while you change a movement.
More importantly, WatchOS 7 will change the way you look at your Apple Watch ($ 399 at Apple), how to interact with it at bedtime and even how to design the face of the watch by downloading or sharing custom faces with a pair of taps.
1. WatchOS no longer limits the face complications of the watch
What it is: Apple allows third-party developers and Apple Watch owners to place small information or complications on a watch face. For example, you can have a clock face that shows your daily agenda, the upcoming weather report from Dark Sky and a shortcut to the Messages app on your favorite watch. But until now, you have been limited to using only one complication from the same app on any face.
Why it matters: Apple Watch owners and developers have wanted a way to place multiple complications from the same app on a watch face. For example, you can see Dark Sky’s current temperature complication plus the weekly forecast on the same face.
How to use it: Editing the clock’s faces and adding complications seems to be done the same way it always has, but with an improved interface, it’s easier to navigate. App names and previews of complications look like they are easier to see and choose from.
You can long press on a clock face to go to edit mode, swipe left across the face, tap the complication point you want to edit, and then make your selection from the list.
Alternatively, you should be able to continue editing and creating the clock faces from the Watch app on your iPhone ($ 699 at Apple).
2. WatchOS 7 can track your sleep
What it is: A new sleep app on the Apple Watch will not only track how long and well you sleep, but it will also help you unwind when your night meal is near.
Why it matters: Fitbit and other competing fitness trackers have had built-in sleep tracking for several years, but the Apple Watch has lacked an official app. With the addition of sleep tracking, Apple Watch owners will have more information to consider about their overall health.
How to use it: After updating to WatchOS 7, you need to set up the Sleep app, set your bedtime and a daily alarm. After the initial installation, your phone will display a windscreen and turn on Do Not Disturb immediately before your meal length. At bedtime, your iPhone screen dims and your watch switches to the Sleep face. Keep the watch on while you sleep, and in the morning you can see how well you slept and how long you are right on the watch. There is even a battery meter that reminds you to charge your watch in the morning.
Find and share the custom watch
What it is: WatchOS 7 gives Apple Watch owners and app developers the ability to create and share their own watch, including custom complication layouts and designs.
Why it matters: Instead of spending countless hours going through the clock faces and searching for apps with complications that you like, you will soon have access to countless new faces that come with a list of the apps you need to install to complete the look.
How to use it: Employees Apple Watch owners will be able to publish their favorite events online or send them directly to you via iMessage. Developers will be able to publish direct links to their watch faces for you to install as well.
When you click on a link to add the face of the watch to the Watch app on your iPhone, you see a preview of it and are then presented with a list of app complications used to create it, complete with direct links to download those apps so that your new face is not left with empty complication spots.
Sharing a watch face that you created looks like it is currently done in the Watch app or directly from the watch itself.
Apple also announcedand , and . The update includes many new features, with major changes in , along with tweaks to .