In WWDC20, Apple introduces new watchOS 7 with some best fitness features for Apple Watch like watch faces and sharing, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and workout types including dance.
watchOS 7 allows users to personalize customization with photos and color filters for Apple Watch. Apple says, “watchOS 7 offers new ways to discover and share unique combinations to completely configure the watch face to suit any activity or lifestyle, from the new parent to the surfing aficionado, tennis player, or photographer. Infinitely customizable and personalized faces, inclusive of complications, can be shared through Messages or Mail, and discovered through the App Store or even from links through websites and social media channels.”
Automatic Hand Washing Detection
With the new feature in watchOS 7, Apple Watch guides you to wash your hands properly at least 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of illness. Apple says, “Apple Watch uses the motion sensors, microphone, and machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds.” Apple Watch also reminds users to wash their hands when they return home. Talking about privacy in the Health app Apple says, “Sounds used to detect handwashing are not automatically recorded or saved by the Health app or Apple Watch.”
watchOS 7 introduce sleep tracking to providing valuable tools to help users get the desired amount of sleep. Apple Watch with watchOS 7 detects micro-movements from the watch accelerometer which signals inspiration during sleep. Apple Watch also detects how much sleep you get each night, and in the morning users will see visual sleeping data including periods of wake and sleep. Apple Watch allows bedtime routine before going to sleep.
There is a haptic alarm for wake up screen to show the current battery level. Apple Watch also reminds you if the battery is low within an hour, it will notify you to charge it ahead of sleep. The sleeping data is encrypted with and sync with iCloud.
watchOS 7 has come with four new workout types which are supported by custom-built motion algorithms: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cooldown. Apple Watch uses advanced sensor fusion to combine data from the heart rate sensor and input from the accelerometer and gyroscope. This will help fro the unique challenges of measuring different body-to-arm motions, especially when users have a dance exercise. “This workout type was validated and tested with four of the most popular dance styles for exercise: Bollywood, cardio dance, hip-hop, and Latin.”
The list of watchOS 7 compatibilities:
watchOS 7 requires iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or later and one of the following Apple Watch models:
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Not all features are available on all devices.