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watchOS 7 announced with sleep tracking and rebranded Fitness app

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Apple today announced the latest version of its smartwatch operating system, watchOS 7, during its digital-only WWDC keynote. The update comes with some major new additions like a rebranded Activity app, now called Fitness, and sleep tracking. The update will release this fall for the Apple Watch Series 3 and later, meaning Apple is dropping support for the Series 1 and Series 2. You’ll need at least an iPhone 6S or later running iOS 14 to support watchOS 7.

Sleep tracking is perhaps one of the most requested features since the Apple Watch was first introduced back in 2015. Apple says the native sleep tracking feature will let you set a bed time and wake-up alarm, using the existing Apple Watch vibration alarm. And a new Wind Down mode will work in tandem with the iPhone to snooze notifications when you’re getting ready to sleep.

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watchOS 7 will also feature new so-called complications, which is Apple’s term for an onscreen widget on the Apple Watch. Now, developers will be able to enable richer complications so users can customize specific watch faces themselves. You’ll also be able to share watch faces with others, a new feature Apple is calling Face Sharing. These will be available as curated watch faces in the Apple Watch app store or shareable between individuals or as links on social media sites.

The new watchOS now supports cycling directions and fitness tracking for dance workouts, Apple says.

Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow along with our WWDC 2020 live blog to get the news even faster.



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