watchOS 7 is Out! – What’s New?

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

Hi everyone aaron here for zollotech and today apple released watch os 7 for all supported devices now unfortunately some of the older devices are no longer supported so what that means is series 3 series 4 series 5 the new series 6 and new se are the only supported devices so if you have a series 1 2 or series 0 even you won't be able to get this update but if you have the newer ones you'll be able to and they're available in the watch app now this particular update was a pretty solid size at around 200 megabytes when

I installed it from my iphone 11 pro max to my series 4 apple watch and brings quite a few nice changes now it may be a larger install maybe smaller just depends which version you're coming from using the betas it was pretty solid and that's what i updated from now along with watch os 7 apple also released ios 14 ipad os 14 as well as tv os 14. so a lot of updates today and a lot of solid changes so let's go ahead and take a look at what's new now i have watch os 7 installed on my series

4 apple watch and before we take a look at some of the new features such as watch faces let's go into the watch app on ios 14. you'll see there's a new discover button in the bottom right and this helps you get started with what's new welcome to apple watch an apple watch user guide and more but there's a new feature within watch os 7 that i think is really helpful for a lot of families so if you go to all watches in the app and then tap on add a watch we now have an option

For setup for a family member in fact you can have a family member share your phone that doesn't have an iphone so maybe you have a child you want to use an apple watch you can have them use this and then you can set up things such as school time so it has a display like this where it limits them to what they can actually look at while they're at school it will also limit their contacts based on actually who you've decided they can talk to or text or message and then of course you have memoji we'll

Talk about later and all you do is just pair it with your watch and you're good to go now it requires a series 4 gps and cellular apple watch but i believe you can pair up to five different ones so it's nice that they've added that and then also you can search for new watch faces in the face gallery so we'll take a look at some of the new ones you can see here but there's a new face gallery where you can find new apple watch faces so let's take a look at some of

The new watch faces and you can see this is the first one in fact this came out with the betas and if we press and hold on it you'll see it says chronograph pro and this has a tachometer or tachometer built in that allows you to track your speed or time over distance so that's kind of nice that they've built that in but the next new one is artist so they've partnered with an artist to create this it changes on its own based on the time of day

And changes through different pieces of art there's not really any customizations with this one if we scroll over you'll see that we have count up and count up is a new watch face of course you can customize complications you can change the color to whatever you'd like and it's just another watch face let's go back home here and we'll swipe again and we have gmt for different time zones so we'll hit edit and we have different colors of course

We can change it change our complications and that's about it and then let's go to lock that one in we'll go over to memoji now there's a new emoji app we'll take a look at in a moment but you can edit your memoji change the color of the background we can change a couple complications here and change the character as well so you can change it to whatever you'd like so if you want your memoji on there whether that be for you or a child

You can have that now the next one i really like and it's called stripes and i like it because it's highly customizable so if we hit edit you'll see that we can customize the color of every single stripe not only can we do that we can change the angle or the amount of stripes so we can have a lot or a little and if we go over here we can change the position i'm at 135 degrees now i'm at 45 degrees you can just rotate it however you'd like so it's a nice little update i suppose that has this nice one but it doesn't

Have complications so that's one of the downfalls of this style and then the next style is typograph this is the last new watch face and this particular one has a few different fonts and colors so if we want to change the color we can change that no complications but we have different symbols you can see we have roman arabic indic arabic roman and devin gary if that's how you say that and then style classic rounded

Whatever you'd like again we'll come back over here you can change it however you'd like change the colors as well so you want to keep that when you can and one thing you may have already noticed is there's a share button here so we can now share a watch face that we've designed so maybe we have a complicated one with a bunch of complications based on fitness that we want to do cycling you can actually share that to someone so share it via text message add a contact and then you'll share your watch

Faces so you have a lot of different options to share faces now which is really nice you can also find new watch faces in the app store or online as well so we should see a lot more of that soon and one thing you may have noticed already is that notifications cannot be cleared just by pressing and holding you actually have to scroll up and tap on clear all they've gotten rid of that force press unfortunately so it doesn't seem to work

You can press and hold but it doesn't work the exact same way so they've changed that a little bit you still have your command or control center down at the bottom and it works just fine but you don't have that force press feeling anymore now going along with the different watch faces we have new complications as well so let's go over to one with a bunch of complications maybe we'll go to count up scroll over to a complication and let's tap on this corner here and you'll see we have a few new ones and one of the new ones is let's see if

I can find it here we have astronomy where we have moon phases if we want that one we can set it to the moon phase we also have a new camera remote see if i passed it here there we go we have a camera remote we can trigger our camera with the watch directly with one press we also have shortcuts so if we want to go down to let's go all the way down here you'll see we have shortcuts so you can run any of the shortcuts you have set up on your phone which is really nice and

Then also you have sleep and sleep is a new feature that's built into the watch so you'll see there it says sleep so there's actually a new app called sleep as well so if we go back to our apps i have them sorted this way instead of the other view we'll go to sleep and you'll see you can set a bedtime wake-up time and you can see your full schedule so you can set it to whatever you'd like you can turn it off of course it will remind you to go to bed if you

Want to do that set a sleep goal or wind down and it will also track it along the app as well so if we go into the health app we can see that as well on our phone now to get the most use out of this you want to wear your watch while you're sleeping and it will notify you if it gets down to say thirty percent before you go to bed that you need to charge it before you go to bed it'll also notify you in the morning as well but you'll see i didn't use it to track there it just knows based off when i put

My phone down and it's got my schedule and when i wake up or go to sleep and the alarm and benefits of sleeping and those sort of things so it's pretty nice that they've included that and it's built into the watch and hopefully it doesn't take too much of a hit to the battery but it should be pretty good that way now there are some new workouts as well so if we go into our workout app here and you'll see there's a few new ones i'm already on we have dance we also have cool down we have core

Training and then there's some others here but that's pretty much it as far as that goes and so they've also updated the fitness app or what was the activity app on the iphone to go along with that so if we go into that you'll see the fitness app has been updated so it's easier to read so we have our activity at the top we have our workouts and then our trends and then our awards so it's just a nice little way to see everything i think it's better arranged it's easier

And more glanceable now to go along with the activity we also have some adjustments we can make to how we want to track our activity so or set our goals rather so if we go up to activity and then we scroll all the way down you'll see if you go in the main one you've got your rings here that you can close but if you scroll all the way down you can now change your goals so now it's not a set amount you can change your calories or your move goal your exercise goal and

Your stand goal so you can change that to whatever you'd like now so they've just allowed a little bit more customization with that now maps gets an update as well so if we go to our maps here and maybe we search for nearby restaurants let's just pick the top one here and we scroll down we now have cycling directions and the cycling directions work in conjunction with your phone to let you know if there's stairs that you'll need to climb it lets you know the grade

It doesn't say directions are available there right now for cycling but in certain cities it's there such as san francisco it will let you know the grade how difficult of a ride it will be and if you need to climb stairs and when so it gives directions based off that so nice little update if you cycle to work or maybe just go shopping using your bike it's a little bit nice to have that and to know exactly how your trip will be and then also we have an emoji app to go along with that memoji watch face and so you can customize it however

You'd like right in the app of course let's see if we press on this one we can go and change our skin tone our hairstyle everything you can do on the phone you can do here for the most part so if you want to change whatever you want here change your eyebrows everything you want you can change here it's just built into the watch maybe to be a little bit more fun for kids that have one of these as well and then again change color of your eyebrows four head mark

Quite a few different things as well now there's a new feature you may have already heard about and that's hand washing so if we go into our settings here and we scroll down you'll see that we have hand washing there we go and what hand washing will do is give you a timer it senses when you're washing your hands it will pop on a timer and it will start counting down from 20 seconds if you stop moving the timer pauses and will continue when you start moving again and then it will congratulate you

Or let you know when you're done by letting you know through a notification and messaging you by vibrating your wrist so it notifies you that way as well you can turn it off of course turn it back on whatever works for you but it's nice that they've added that now they've updated siri as well with enhanced on-device dictation for faster responses also siri can now translate up to 10 different languages on device so let me show you an example how do i say hello in japanese

In japanese and you can do that for various different languages as well how do i say goodbye in spanish in spanish so it tells you it pronounces it for you you can play it over and it tells you how to speak back and forth so that goes along with the translate app that's new in ios 14 as well there is additions to battery health so if we go into our settings we'll go back here and let's find battery there we go battery health has been added so

The battery chart is just like the one on your iphone and if you scroll down you have battery health and as you can see i'm at eighty one percent capacity this is a series four so it's a couple years old that's within range eighty percent after two years as normal and so hopefully apple adds a battery replacement program but it's not easy to replace a battery in an apple watch so it does tell you what it's like and also will tell you if it goes bad and then also at the bottom you have optimized battery

Charging so if you put it on the charger every night it will stop at around 80 percent and then fully charge up to 100 by the time you normally wake up and it does that after it learns a few days and then it will optimize your battery charging to prolong your battery over time now lastly there's an update to hearing health under the noise app now noise has been there for a while it measures the loudness or decibel level in the room and lets you know about long-term exposure but it works in

Tandem with ios 14 and updated features so if we go into the health app again under health if we go to browse we've got hearing and it will measure your environmental sound levels the past seven days let you know about noise notifications and if you're using headphones it will give you more information if they were too loud and get more information about hearing health so it's nice that it's built in and of course you don't have to use it if you don't want to but there's a lot of

Additions to apple watch that make it great and then of course if you have one of the brand new series 6 or se apple watches you may have some new features depending on which one you're coming from but if you have a series 6 apple watch you'll also get an o2 sensor so that'll be built in as well so we have some new watch faces and overall it's pretty good performance wise i have had an occasional hiccup but in general it performs really well and battery life seems to be the same as what i had with watch os 6.

So i think it's a pretty good update and there's quite a few features that hopefully will roll out around the world depending on your local government with some of the heart rate measures or ecg and things like that in the future so that's it for watch os seven i think it's a pretty solid update it's not huge as far as what it appears to be but there's a lot of under the surface changes as well and i think it's a much bigger update than it actually looks like

So those solid features just like hand washing some new watch faces and everything else sleep tracking i think are great additions but let me know what you think in the comments below and if you're picking up a new apple watch or what version you're using right now to install this on and if you'd like to get your hands on this wallpaper of course i'll link it in the description like i normally do if you haven't subscribed already though please subscribe and if you enjoyed the video please give it a like

As always thanks for watching i'll see you next time you

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