18 August 2020
Apple has been offering public betas for its upcoming operating system versions for quite some time but for the first time, it has released watchOS public beta. The build is watchOS 7 first public beta that brings all the new features and other goodies that Apple announced at its virtual WWDC keynote earlier this year.
The public beta release means users will not need to have an Apple developer account for trying out features before the stable release. Since having a developer account costs money, not everyone was interested in having one. The public beta means anyone can install the unfinished version and help Apple getting it ready for prime time.
watchOS 7 is loaded with different features but the biggest one is Sleep Tracking. It will make use of the accelerometer to notice the subtle movements associated with breathing and differentiate between sleeping and waking states. It will then show data related to the number of hours you were asleep during the night. This is basic functionality but we can expect Apple to add more advanced sleep tracking in future updates.
Apple has added Dancing to fitness workout so that if dance is your go-to workout, you can track that as well. The team has even added the ability to share custom watch faces which is a boon for those whole customizations. If you are wondering how to get hold of the watchOS 7 public beta, simply head over to Apple's beta program page and follow the instructions. It is a one-time process after which you will receive all subsequent public beta releases over the air.