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watchOS 7 will be released on September 16

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The watchOS 7 with sleep tracking will be released on September 16 but will only be limited to Apple Watch 3 and newer versions.

Apple announced the Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Series 6 in a fully-loaded event today. With the announcements made in the releases, Apple fans are definitely looking forward to the next Apple events later this year.

The Apple Watches started the ball rolling, and the announcements just kept getting better and better. With the release of the Apple Watches, the features shared during WWDC 2020 about the watchOS 7 will finally come live.

watchOS 7 will debut on September 16

A couple of months ago, Apple held WWDC 2020 in a fully online event. There, the people over at Apple announced the watchOS 7. It is the company’s latest foray into making the Apple Watch even more intuitive and personalized. Finally, the new OS updates can be used in the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6.

This bit of news was confirmed by Apple’s press release. It said,

“watchOS 7 will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 and later on September 16, and requires iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14.”

In other words, Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 users will be left behind. Nevertheless, they don’t need to feel down because Apple has the perfect Apple Watch SE as an alternative for them.

Sleep tracking is the best highlight of the new software

Apple Watch users have been clamoring for sleep tracking on the Apple Watch ever since it launched. Unfortunately, the developers have been limited by the battery capacity on the smartwatch.

Now, the problem seems to be behind as the watchOS 7 has a native sleep tracking feature. Its services are quite bland compared to the features of Samsung and Huawei’s sleep trackers. Nevertheless, what makes the watchOS 7’s version useful is its full integration with the iOS 14’s Wind Down features.

9to5Mac did a full beta version review of the features and found the combination a perfect starter to Apple’s sleep tracking capabilities. The reviewers enjoyed the Sleep Mode and Wind Down features the most.

In these modes, users are prompted by their iPhones and Apple Watches to start resting from a hard day’s work. The details that Apple put in the features are impeccable. They even prompt the screens on both devices to dim down to prevent unintentionally waking up the screens.

As for battery consumption, it remains to be seen how it would actually fair in its full release.

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