Apple has released the first public beta for watchOS 7. Apple Watch owners can start the process of downloading the software by visiting the company’s website.
There have been tentpole IOS and macOS updates in the past but this is the first year Apple has offered a public beta for a new watchOS release.
Be warned though, it is a long process, you’ll need to download and install IOS14 on the iPhone paired with your Watch. It also may not pay off as Apple warns your data may not be backward compatible. Also, some features such as VoiceOver do not currently work in watchOS 7.
The risk of buggy software aside, upon installing watchOS 7 users will be able to enjoy a new feature called sleep tracking. This update shows users the length of time spent sleeping the night before, though it doesn’t include a breakdown of sleep cycles yet.
There has also been an update to the Activity app where it now includes more accurate calorie tracking for activities such as functional strength and core training. Other cool new features include new watch faces that you can share with friends.
In addition to that, Apple Maps includes support for cycling directions in the update.
And lastly, no update would be complete without some kind of handwashing feature. The WatchOS 7 comes with automatic handwashing detection that will inform you on how long more to scrub your hands.
It’s probably inadvisable to install the software on your Apple Watch if you use it every day. But if you’re one enjoys a little more zest in life, you can also install the macOS Big Sur and iOS 14 public betas.