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Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 beta to developers, one week after releasing the fifth beta and 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 brings a new 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.

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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 introduces 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 the other new features in watchOS 7 can be found in our watchOS 7 roundup.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 7 to Developers
 
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lucasrant

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Can’t seem to be able to load the update. Search for update screen just gets stuck.
 
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Remember, you are not able to roll back off of watchOS 7 betas to watchOS 6.

You have to send it in for a repair. This is a lot more than just “install it on another device because it may have bugs.”

It’s “be prepared to be without your Apple Watch if it doesn’t work/you don’t like watchOS 7/it’s too buggy.”
 
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Remember, you are not able to roll back off of watchOS 7 betas to watchOS 6.

You have to send it in for a repair. This is a lot more than just “install it on another device because it may have bugs.”

It’s “be prepared to be without your Apple Watch if it doesn’t work/you don’t like watchOS 7/it’s too buggy.”
By this far in the game, most of us have been using it for the previous five betas. I've had little to no issues with WatchOS, iOS however has been a different story.
 
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Bluetooth is a dream... just kidding :)
seriously last PB was is buggy, constant restarts and screen getting jumbled on both series 3 and 5.. looking forward to improvements.
 
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Excellent first hour with this beta... it updated quickly and smoothly, and all of my watch faces are rendering beautifully. Cellular data seems snappy, complications are updating... this one seems very very close to being ready for GM. Such a smooth experience... can't wait for the final version of watchOS 7!
Smooth like....? Haha!
At least this time you waited almost 30 minutes after "installing". Sorry, hasn't been an hour. Plus, it takes time to install.
 
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Smooth like....? Haha!
At least this time you waited almost 30 minutes after "installing". Sorry, hasn't been an hour. Plus, it takes time to install.
The hour included the download and install time which is a very important part of the experience. You want the update process to be as smooth as all the rest of it.
 
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The hour included the download and install time which is a very important part of the experience. You want the update process to be as smooth as all the rest of it.
It had just barely been an hour since it was released. You couldn't have tested it for an hour. I doubt you even have a Watch. You say the same thing. Every time. Even when the update hasn't been released. Troll.
It's hilarious how you act like you take this "testing" so serious. Haha
 
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It had just barely been an hour since it was released. You couldn't have tested it for an hour. I doubt you even have a Watch. You say the same thing. Every time. Even when the update hasn't been released. Troll.
The frustrated comment and attention you just gave is what this user is longing for when commenting stuff like that. Just use the ignore button, it's worked great for me! :)

Once they stop getting attention they'll stop commenting that stuff.
 
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I've been trying the sleep functionality since the first public beta. It seems very basic. I don't find the measurements too insightful. I've been hoping for Apple to add this functionality for a couple of years now. I'm not sure the watch knows I'm asleep unless I tell it I am. Bad habit of mine is when the alarm goes off, I press the stop button instead of snooze.I may sleep for another 45m to an hour. That sleep goes untracked. I'm sure the watch can track if i'm asleep.
 
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The frustrated comment and attention you just gave is what this user is longing for when commenting stuff like that. Just use the ignore button, it's worked great for me! :)

Once they stop getting attention they'll stop commenting that stuff.
Yeah. I know. But, when people like this claim an update went "really quick", and it's a "dream"...other people waste time trying to get a download to show. They don't know this guy's a troll.
 
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I've been trying the sleep functionality since the first public beta. It seems very basic. I don't find the measurements too insightful. I've been hoping for Apple to add this functionality for a couple of years now. I'm not sure the watch knows I'm asleep unless I tell it I am. Bad habit of mine is when the alarm goes off, I press the stop button instead of snooze.I may sleep for another 45m to an hour. That sleep goes untracked. I'm sure the watch can track if i'm asleep.
As far as I know, the Sleep app doesn’t track naps, which is what I think that would fall under after turning off the alarm.
 
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McKodiak

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Pillow and Autosleep will automatically track all sleeping.

You laugh but, what i said is true. When you sleep after turning off the alarm, the Apple Sleep app doesn’t track it or give you credit.
I understand. But the watch automatically starts tracking workouts and such. It could sense that I'm horizontal, not moving much and have a low heart rate suggesting sleep. It could continue to track and give me the option to not including that period of time in the results.

I'd also like to know what kind of sleep it is. Light? Deep? REM?
 
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I understand. But the watch automatically starts tracking workouts and such. It could sense that I'm horizontal, not moving much and have a low heart rate suggesting sleep. It could continue to track and give me the option to not including that period of time in the results.

I'd also like to know what kind of sleep it is. Light? Deep? REM?
From what you said here, the stock sleep app isn’t for you. I use Pillow in addition to the stock sleep app. I also have Autosleep. The latter comes with a one time fee. The former has a subscription. I prefer Pillow as to GUI.
 
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I've been trying the sleep functionality since the first public beta. It seems very basic. I don't find the measurements too insightful. I've been hoping for Apple to add this functionality for a couple of years now. I'm not sure the watch knows I'm asleep unless I tell it I am. Bad habit of mine is when the alarm goes off, I press the stop button instead of snooze.I may sleep for another 45m to an hour. That sleep goes untracked. I'm sure the watch can track if i'm asleep.
Apple's native Sleep app definitely lacks. Hopefully, more features will be added in the future. Until then, I highly recommend AutoSleep. It automatically detects that you are sleeping/napping, and provides quite a bit of info about that time.
 
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From what you said here, the stock sleep app isn’t for you. I use Pillow in addition to the stock sleep app. I also have Autosleep. The latter comes with a one time fee. The former has a subscription. I prefer Pillow as to GUI.

I recall taking a look at both but thought Apple would release something with the same or better functionality. I'll take another look at both. Thank you!
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