watchOS 7 Features and Release Date Rumors

We can’t wait till June for WWDC 2020 to sneak peek at watchOS 7 Features. If you are in the same boat, we have rounded up rumors, leaks, and watchOS 7 release date to keep you busy and excited till then. Apple Watch goes smarter with every upgrade. And these watchOS 7 features do indicate at some massive updates this time around as well.

watchOS 7 Features and Release Date Rumors

Blood Oxygen Levels Detection

9to5Mac has reported that Apple is introducing more health features in its Apple Watch hardware and software. However, blood oxygen levels can be both – hardware and software updates.

The level of oxygen in blood plays an essential role in deciding the functionality of the heart and brain. If a person has this level between 95 and 100%, s/he is healthy, and if the levels go down below 80%, this might lead to some serious health conditions.

Apple has already upgraded its heart rate monitor in its Series 4 by adding an electrocardiogram. One must note that Fitbit has released its blood oxygen monitoring feature before Apple. Still, experts believe that the Cupertino-brand will come up with a more sophisticated version of its upcoming hardware and software.

Infograph Pro

This is something from analog watches. Apple will reportedly bring Infograph Pro watch face with a tachymeter in its watchOS 7. This feature is used to measure a speed based on travel time or measure distance based on speed.

By using iOS 14 and watchOS 7, users can also share a watch face from the share sheet.

Apart from tachymeter, Apple may add one more watch face to its gallery, and this will be ‘International.’ The new watch face will show flags of different countries. So you can always show your national flag on your Apple Watch in the future.

Water-resistance Improvements

From Watch Series 2, Apple manufactured water-resistant smartwatches that can endure a depth of 50 meters. To its future Watch Series 6, Apple is likely to add more muscles. Users can use their watch while they are involved in high-velocity activities like scuba diving or water skiing.

MicroLED Display

Many users have long asked for a more powerful battery in Apple Watch. Quite a few have also requested Apple to provide low-power mode similar to iPhones. However, Apple could come up with a solution in its display.

Until now, there have been OLED displays on all Apple Watch versions. As per the rumors, Apple is likely to manufacture Watch Series 6 with MicroLED display, which is more power-efficient than OLED. At the same time, MicroLED screens ensure high resolutions in a small space. Users would also get better response time and refresh rate on their future Apple Watches.

Sleep Tracking

Sleep Tracking on watchOS 7 Features ConceptA real new feature on Apple Watch in 2019 was always-on display. It has its share of limitations, but it is great to have. For watchOS 7, I really hope that Apple includes inbuilt sleep tracking. There are third-party apps that do this, but having it from Apple on watchOS 7 would be an incredible addition.

Rapid Charge

Suppose you get sleep tracking with watchOS 7. Now imagine a situation where you keep wearing your watch the entire night for it to track your sleep. In the morning you wear it to track your run and your exercise.

You get a short window of hardly an hour before you leave for office. In the office, Apple Watch nicely nudges you to take a minute break and walk. Therefore ideally you wear it all day. So, where is the time to charge it?

I hope Apple brings rapid charging or faster charging that allows the Apple Watch to be juiced up to one hundred percent in less than an hour. This would allow us to charge it after morning exercise when we shower, have our breakfast, etc.

Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode on iPhone is useful. It conserves battery but does not turn your iPhone into a dummy. Similarly, I wish to have Low Power Mode in watchOS 7.

Now you might say Apple Watch already has Battery Saver mode. But as Matt puts it brilliantly, “Battery saver mode effectively makes the watch useless, even as a watch since it takes about 2-5 seconds for the time to even show up after you press a button, which feels like an eternity.

Therefore something in the middle like a low power mode that stops certain apps from hogging the tiny watch battery, but still better and more useful than Battery Saver mode, would be a welcome addition.

Activity RingsCustomization

Allow Customization of Your Activity Rings in watchOS 7 Image Credit: birchtree.me

I hope in 2020, Apple allows us to customize the Activity rings as well as permit to add more rings. So if you wanted to add sleep or mindfulness, you should be able to do that.

Matt has a heading in his article titled “A Damn Day Off.” It is apt and immediately needed. People get obsessed with completing the activity ring. A one day break on Sunday is fine, but what about certain days when you are ill or traveling or simply in a situation where it is not possible to hit the target? So Apple must “allow us the ability to be human and take a day off every once in a while.

Better Workout Management

The Apple Watch is good, but it isn’t excellent at auto starting or auto stopping the workout. At times, you lose precious initial 5-10 minutes of your exercise as it isn’t recorded. Similarly, there may be situations when you have finished the workout, but auto-stop does not register it and wrongly logs that you have been working out for an hour.

So, the option to tell the app that you started working out X minutes ago or cut out the start and end of your workout and save only the actual time you want would be a super suitable feature.

Furthermore, Matt (and I too) hope that with watchOS 7, we get to see our activity data on iCloud.com. I know this is a small feature, and not everyone may be interested in it. But it would be convenient to have.

See Your activity data from iCloud in watchOS 7Image Credit: birchtree.me

Export and Download Workout Data as CSV

My data, my rules! watchOS 7 should let the user export and download the workout data into a CSV. It would allow the user to run their analytics if they like and better understand their workout activities. After all, it is your data, and you should be allowed to comprehend it the way you want.

Improved Message Response Suggestions

Matt’s wife texted him “my head hurts,” and the Apple Watch in its top suggested replies showed ‘Thank you, Thanks, Ok, Yes, No, Talk Later?, Hold on a sec… and BRB (Be right back)!

A time when Google Duplex is making calls and talking almost like a human with umm, ah sounds, Apple Watch is asking you to reply ‘Thank you’ if your wife is in pain! Is it shocking, idiotic, or just poorly built!

With watchOS 7, your Apple Watch should have the ability to at least understand few basic things like happiness, sadness, pain, excitement in the text message, and offer response suggestions accordingly.

Something for Kids

Ever since the launch of Apple Watch in 2015, kids have been using their pester power to own one. However, the price and single-pairing limitations have restricted parents to give Apple Watch to their kids. Well, if the price is not the matter, parents can now buy an Apple Watch for their children.

Apple may allow parents to pair two Apple Watches to their iPhones. While they have their Apple Watch paired with iPhone, they can pair their kids’ Apple Watch as well.

The tech giant is also planning to add ‘SchoolTime’ feature to its watchOS 6 and Apple Watch Series 7. This feature provides parents full control over the watch their kids have. They can keep a constant check on apps and features kids are using on their Apple Watch during school time.

Parents are not supposed to buy a separate iPhone for the Apple Watch used by kids. Moreover, parents have control over contacts and music on their kids’ watch.

Learn and Offer Personalized Suggestions

Suppose you call your girlfriend or your wife with a nickname. Or maybe you have a personal dictionary of your own, between you two, where you write ‘babe’ as ‘babeee’ or ‘so sorry’ as ‘soooo sorry.’ Apple Watch with watchOS 7 should learn from how you usually type to a person and respond accordingly.

So if your wife texts you ‘How is your day going’ the response suggestion should be something like ‘Great babeee, U tell.’ On the other hand, if your boss or co-worker texts ‘How is your day going,’ the suggestion should be similar to ‘Good, What about you.’

I know this is too much to ask, but hey, the world is moving towards AI and Machine Learning. If companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung with oceans of user data, initially can’t, then who will?

Shortcuts

Apple Watch, in its current state, allows you to do little with Shortcuts. With watchOS 7 Matt (and I believe almost all Apple Watch users) wish to have actions like Silence notifications, Open a specific app, Start a particular workout, Switch off always-on display, and more.

Apple Watch to Work with iPad

I understand that Apple Watch (even the Cellular Model) is not yet ready to run entirely on its own. It needs a companion, and an iPhone provides it that. But what is stopping Apple from allowing the watch to pair with an iPad and let the users see their data on the big iPad screen? We know iPad and iPhone (and iPod Touch) are not just siblings but fraternal twins. So, why not let Apple Watch pair with an iPad.

Allow Apple Watch Pairing with Android

Some features of AirPods like automatic ear detection do not work when connected to an Android device; nevertheless, you can pair them with your Samsung or Pixel or One Plus, etc. and enjoy music, movies, and calls.

Similarly, I believe Apple Watch should be able to pair with Android. There should be a Watch app for Android (like Apple Music for Android, or iTunes for Windows) that should let a user use Apple Watch with their Android Phone.

Also, do you know that Tim Cook has claimed that Apple’s wearables business is now bigger than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies? AirPods alone is big enough to be among Fortune 500 companies. Now, if Apple Watch can work with Android, do you think it will see even enormous growth?

Other Notable Features of watchOS 7

In addition to the above features, watchOS 7 should have a persistent notification for workout on iPhone, better wireless speeds, blood pressure monitoring, QWERTY keyboard, scribble with autocomplete, and audio sharing like iOS 13.

watchOS 7 Release Date

Observing the previous Apple patterns, we can conclude that Apple will most likely introduce us to watchOS 7 in the WWDC 2020 keynote, that will possibly happen in the first or second week of June 2020.

watchOS 7 Developer Beta: The developer beta for the last version that is watchOS 6, released on 3rd June 2019. Apple will most probably follow the custom and release watchOS 7 Developer Beta at its keynote in mid-2020.

watchOS 7 Public Beta: Apple releases public beta for all its major operating systems like iOS, macOS, tvOS. However, it does not distribute public beta for watchOS. This may be because it is a bit tough and lengthy to install beta on an Apple Watch.

So, I suppose this year too, there will be no public beta. Or will Apple take a different route? We will keep you posted.

Signing off…

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