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How watchOS 7 Can Help You, and Your Apple Watch’s Battery, Stay Healthy

On the planet of wearables, the Apple Watch will get a variety of consideration and deservedly so, provided that Apple has always been including significant {hardware} options reminiscent of swim-proofing, the power to make and obtain telephone calls, ECG, and now blood-oxygen monitoring. Nonetheless, every year the enhancements to watchOS do go a bit underneath the radar, and this 12 months isn’t any totally different.

Having used watchOS 7 for some time now’s a time to focus on some options that we get pleasure from and others that we’re nonetheless ready for.

1. You want iOS 14 (and an iPhone) to make use of watchOS 7

We have been ready for watchOS’ dependence on iPhones to scale back and significantly with the mobile variants of the Apple Watch, which has lowered to some extent. Nonetheless, it’s a bit unhappy to see that the Apple Watch nonetheless cannot be paired with any system besides an iPhone, even when you need to use Apple Watch Family Setup to keep away from shopping for a number of iPhones simply to make use of the Apple Watch. It would be good to have the ability to pair Apple Watch to your iPad, if not a Mac.

Equally, to obtain watchOS 7, you must be on iOS 14. Given Apple’s wonderful monitor document of supporting older iPhones (iPhone 6S, launched in 2015, was among the many units eligible for the iOS 14 replace), this isn’t an enormous roadblock.

2. Wind Down and sleep monitoring

With watchOS 7, now you can arrange a bedtime routine to organize you for sleep. With a raging international pandemic and lockdowns carried out in numerous areas worldwide, any instruments that can assist you settle down earlier than sleeping are welcome. Apple’s given you the power to set a easy wind-down routine earlier than mattress, with a mild customisable reminder that bedtime is approaching and shortcuts to shortly launch apps that may enable you transition from wakefulness to sleep. Our routine includes a easy meditation, some stretching, and maintaining the iPhone away from the mattress.

As soon as the scheduled bedtime begins, the Apple Watch’s show is dimmed and your watch face is changed with simply the time and the alarm exhibiting up on the display screen. Within the morning, the watch can wake you with a silent ‘taptic’ alarm or a tone of your selection. The Apple Watch is fairly good at sleep monitoring too. In our expertise, it has been capable of decide up the time after we really went to sleep, after we awoke through the midnight (and the way lengthy we weren’t capable of return to sleep), and at last after we really awoke within the morning.

The one drawback of this addition to the Apple Watch is that you must change your charging time. We used to plug the Apple Watch in at night time, however since we started utilizing watchOS 7, we have ended up operating out of cost in the midst of the night time greater than as soon as.

3. Battery well being and optimised charging

Talking of charging, watchOS 7 helps you to monitor your Apple Watch’s battery well being and optimised charging. It’s normal information that over time, lithium ion batteries degrade and that is why your telephone’s battery life reduces over time. watchOS 7 helps you to verify your Apple Watch’s battery well being now (ours is at 97% of its unique battery capability) and you may allow optimised battery charging to scale back battery ageing, which is nice too. Faucet the digital crown > Settings > Battery to entry these options in your Apple Watch.

4. Hand washing

watchOS 7’s potential to detect and information you in direction of safely washing your arms for 20 seconds is a stroke of genius. Earlier than upgrading to watchOS 7, we did not even realise that we had been washing arms for barely 5 or 10 seconds, far beneath the advisable 15-30 seconds.

Apple says computerized handwashing detection works through the use of the movement sensors and the microphone on the Apple Watch. The second we begin washing arms, the 20-second timer begins. After we pause, the timer pauses too, and typically it even counts the few seconds you had been washing arms earlier than the handwashing timer exhibits up on the display screen. Due to this characteristic, our hand washing habits have modified fairly a bit.

Nonetheless, there are just a few occasions when the Apple Watch fails to detect hand washing, which might hopefully be fastened in future updates. One other limitation is that this characteristic solely works on Sequence 4 or newer Apple Watch fashions, which is a little bit of a disgrace provided that Sequence 3 remains to be on sale. Apple says that this characteristic depends on the quicker, extra environment friendly processors on the Sequence 4 and newer units, together with the Neural Engine that’s lacking on the S3 processor used on the Apple Watch Sequence 3.

5. Change your exercise objectives

Our favorite characteristic of watchOS 7 is the power to alter your exercise objectives. Throughout this 12 months, with strict lockdowns imposed in lots of locations around the globe, it is not at all times attainable to hit transfer, train, and stand objectives on the Apple Watch. Whilst you might at all times change your transfer aim, that is the primary time you may change train or stand objectives. Now you can set an train aim of 10 to 60 minutes, whereas the stand aim might be between six and 12 hours. Simply open the Exercise app in your Apple Watch and scroll to the underside to search out the Change Targets button.

6. Different helpful watchOS 7 options

There are a number of different options that will not be as massive as those talked about above, however these deserve a fast point out too. The power to share customised watch faces is de facto helpful. Simply faucet and maintain any watch face and hit the share icon to get began.

Equally, you may customise the Management Centre on the Apple Watch now. Swipe up from the underside of the display screen to entry the Management Centre, and scroll to the underside and faucet Edit. This allows you to shortly reorder or change how the icons are laid out.

Lastly, the power to clear all notifications is now far more accessible. There is a neat Clear All button proper on the high of the notifications display screen, which is nice.

That are your favorite watchOS 7 options? Tell us through the feedback.

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