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watchOS 7 is the seventh major release of watchOS for the Apple Watch series developed and distributed by Apple Inc. It was announced on June 22, 2020 at the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference alongside iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and macOS Big Sur.

New features

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Apple Watch — All-New Watch Faces

  • New watch faces
  • New Memoji app
  • Activity app renamed Fitness to support Apple Fitness+
  • Automatic Handwashing detection
  • Blood Oxygen app (for Apple Watch Series 6)
  • Family Setup
  • Wind Down and Sleep tracking

Product history

watchOS 7 is derived from iOS 14; both were announced on June 22 and both were released on September 16, 2020. This was the first version of watchOS to offer a public beta before wide release.[1]

Supported models

Watch models running watchOS 7

* Support ended for Apple Watch Series 1 and 2.

Release history

Developers discovered that early pre-release versions contained code for a "Kids Mode" that uses different metrics for activity tracking of young users.[2] However, this feature was not implemented as of the developer beta.[3] This feature was revealed to be Family Setup at Apple's special event on September 15, 2020 and released the next day. New watch faces, watch face sharing, and the blood oxygen app were also added, along with more workouts like dance and cooldown.[4] However, some users found that the initial release of watchOS 7 caused their Apple Watch Series 3 to crash and shut down.[5]

Obsolete / unsupported   Discontinued   Current   Beta  
watchOS 7.x releases
watchOS
version
iOS version
based on
Build Release date Note
7.0 beta 1 14.0 beta 1 18R5310a June 22, 2020 (2020-06-22)
7.0 beta 2 14.0 beta 2 18R5327h July 7, 2020 (2020-07-07)
7.0 beta 3 14.0 beta 3 18R5340d July 22, 2020 (2020-07-22)
7.0 beta 4 14.0 beta 4 18R5350e August 4, 2020 (2020-08-04)
7.0 beta 5 14.0 beta 5 18R5361d August 18, 2020 (2020-08-18)
7.0 beta 6 14.0 beta 6 18R5368d August 25, 2020 (2020-08-25)
7.0 beta 7 14.0 beta 7 18R5378a September 1, 2020 (2020-09-01)
7.0 beta 8 14.0 beta 8 18R5382a September 9, 2020 (2020-09-09)
7.0 14.0 18R382 September 16, 2020 (2020-09-16)
  • First wide release.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 watchOS 7 release date, beta, features and supported Apple Watches by David Lumb, TechRadar. 2020-07-10.
  2. watchOS 7 to Include Kids Mode That Shifts Focus of Activity Rings Away From Calories Burned by Juli Clover, MacRumors. 2020-03-30.
  3. WWDC 2020: What we didn't get by Luke Filipowicz, iMore. 2020-06-22.
  4. Apple Event — September 15 by Apple, YouTube. 2020-09-15.
  5. Some Apple Watch Series 3 owners dealing with crashes after watchOS 7 update by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider. 2020-09-27.
  6. Apple releases first public beta of watchOS 7 to Apple Watch users by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac. 2020-08-10.
  7. Apple releases second watchOS 7 public beta by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac. 2020-08-20.
  8. Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of watchOS 7 to Public Beta Testers by Juli Clover, MacRumors. 2020-08-27.
  9. The fourth watchOS 7 Public Beta is now available by Roman Loyola, Macworld. 2020-09-03.

External links

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