Apple launched Apple Watch highlight improvements such as Sleep Monitoring and Handwashing Detection with the introduction of watchOS 7, but it also snuck in a lot of smaller improvements and interface updates that are more likely to have slipped under the radar, so we have gathered some of our highlights here. You’ll need to be sure your Apple Watch is up to date with the new software to make the best of them.
watchOS 7 is available for Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5, and comes pre-installed on Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6. Note that Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 owners are not able to update to watchOS 7.
- Delete Control Center Buttons
You can delete buttons in the Control Center that you do not find helpful in watchOS 7. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to pull up the Control Center on the front of the watch, then press the Edit button at the bottom.
- Track Elapsed Time
For recording elapsed time, the latest Count Up watch face may be used. To align the marker on the outer bezel to the minute side, press the main 12-hour dial. To set the amount of time, turn on the Digital Crown, then tap the dial again to start timing.
- Access Camera Remote From Watch Face
Apple has added a new feature for the Camera Remote app, so now you can monitor your iPhone ‘s camera with a fast tap on your watch face.
- Use Siri Shortcuts
The Shortcuts app is now available on Apple Watch, so you can trigger custom tasks with just a tap on the wrist.
- Get Cycling Directions in Maps
You can now see cycling guidance on your Apple Watch in watchOS 7. Along with details such as height, traffic, and the presence of bike lanes, the Maps app provides the preferred route.
- Show Two Time Zones Simultaneously
WatchOS 7 adds several new watch faces, one of which is GMT, to the party. There are two dials on the watch face: a 12-hour inner dial that shows local time and a 24-hour outer dial that enables a second time zone to be recorded.
- Use the New Workout Types
Apple added four additional styles of workouts in watchOS 7. Today, for dance, aerobic strength training, core training, and post-workout relaxation, you can track fitness measurements reliably.
- Use Multiple Third-Party Complications
In previous versions of watchOS, only native apps such as the Weather app were enabled by Apple to display more than one complication on the same watch face.
- Get Siri Translations
With the latest Translate app, Apple enhanced the translation capabilities of iOS 14, and now you can ask Siri for spoken translations right on your Apple Watch.
- Change Activity Goals
Now you can, if you like to make your task targets more difficult or more practical. In watchOS 7, all activity goals on Apple Watch, including the stand target, can be personalized.