Apple Announces watchOS 7 With Enhanced Face Customizations, Handwashing Detection, and More

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Apple today previewed watchOS 7, announcing new features coming to the Apple Watch like enhanced customization tools, updated health and fitness features, handwashing detection, new workout types, and more.


The first feature Apple talked about today was an update to Faces on Apple Watch. watchOS 7 lets users customize and personalize faces, and then share them via Messages or Mail. New faces can also be discovered through the App Store and links from websites and social media.

New faces include the Chonograph Pro with a tachymeter to calculate the speed based on time traveled over a fixed distance, the Photos face with color filters, and the bold X-Large face with a new option to add a rich complication.

Amid all these updates, developers can now offer more than one complication per app on a single watch face. Apple gave the example that the "Dawn Patrol" app can create a face that shows tide, wind speed, and water temperature for surfers.


Another area focused on by Apple today was sleep tracking. Apple is focusing on this by allowing Apple Watch to detect micro-movements during sleep with the watch's accelerometer. This captures when the wearer is sleeping and how much sleep they get each night. In Sleep Mode, Apple Watch turns on Do Not Disturb and darkens the screen.

When it's time to wake up, Apple Watch offers a silent haptic alarm or gentle sounds. Apple will also warn users if the battery is too low within an hour of bedtime. This way, they can be sure to charge the Apple Watch before they go to sleep.

All of this data will be fed into the Health iOS app, showing your average time in bed, time asleep, schedule, sleep goals, and more stats over time. To support better sleep, Wind Down mode allows users to create customized routines before bed by connecting to the Home app to dim lights.


The next new feature is automatic handwashing detection, which encourages users to keep washing their hands for 20 seconds to prevent the spread of illness. Apple Watch uses motion sensors, microphone, and machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds, starting a 20-second countdown with a custom animation.

For Workouts, users will now have access to four new workout types: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cooldown. Apple has also redesigned the Activity app on iOS, which it's now calling Fitness, with a streamlined view of daily Activity, Workouts, Awards, Activity Trends, and more.


In terms of updates to the Noise app, watchOS 7 will now be able to warn users that loud music can have through their headphones. When they reach 100 percent of the safe weekly listening amount in a week, Apple will send a notification and turn down the volume.

Some more quick watchOS 7 updates include:
  • Cycling directions in Maps
  • Siri translation for many languages
  • SwiftUI graphic complications can be created by developers
  • New complications for native features like Camera Remote, Sleep, and Shortcuts
  • Mobility Metrics in Health app to track walking speed, step length, and more
watchOS 7 will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5.

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vartanarsen

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What the heck is up with the million hand offs...Tim: Here is Craig, Craig here is x, x here is y, y here is z
For christs sake, its getting out of hand. I miss the days of just Jobs
 

MacAddictPM

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I like it. Reminds me there are many talented people at Apple collectively pumping out these great technologies.
 
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motulist

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Does this mean you can FINALLY have any different kind of watchface you want?
 

Ries

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What the heck is up with the million hand offs...Tim: Here is Craig, Craig here is x, x here is y, y here is z
For christs sake, its getting out of hand. I miss the days of just Jobs
Then how would Apple be able to show they hire exec's on their ability to do PC stuff? Like show soccer mom dancing? Or the hippie yogaing?
 

ghostface147

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No message in the cloud sync? Sucks my messages don’t sync with my iPhone and Mac. It has some old ones saved.
 

Ries

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My bingo plate is missing cool and asian guy, so the next one has to be asian cool guy.
 

Veinticinco

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Does this mean you can FINALLY have any different kind of watchface you want? This should've been implemented a lonnnnng time ago.
I really loved the classy Art Deco espace font on my (gone) S4 HAW and would love to have it or similar when I get a S5 or 6 edition titanium.
 

Cloudane

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No mention of spo2 effectively confirms that'll be Series 6 onwards

A bit disappointing, but unsurprising. A risk I accepted when buying the 5.
 

Takeo

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The only thing I want is intervals in running workouts. Still absent. It’s such an obvious feature for runs.
 
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xDKP

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Does this mean you can FINALLY have any different kind of watchface you want?
Not the idea I think they showed off - to me the only new was the tachychrono - damn that’s even weaker than normal !! And normally it’s so sad with new faces it’s quite embarrassing
 

technole

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I like it. Reminds me there are many talented people at Apple collectively pumping out these great technologies.
Same. Of course we know it also sells diversity, have to prove minorities and women are heavily involved in the important businesses.
 

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The only thing I want is intervals in running workouts. Still absent. It’s such an obvious feature for runs.
Massive wish from me as well - and another big miss... Growing tired of the massive missed opportunity here
 

motiv8_me

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Dance and the other “new” workout types they showed today are already options in the current version of watchOS. What am I missing here?
 

acconda81

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The TWO things I wanted added that should of been added long ago is still not added. Proper running app with pacing like Garming pace pro and the ability to share or export workouts. So looks like I am selling my series 5 for a Garmin
 
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