As we get closer to June 22nd and Apple’s annual WWDC keynote, more and more news is making its way out of Cupertino about the upcoming major software updates to all Apple’s products, including WatchOS 7.
More customization options are coming to watch faces with several improvements being brought in with WatchOS 7. According to 9to5 Mac, Apple will be bringing International Flags into the mix, but at this time it is unclear if they will include complications and just remain as clean and simple additions. Custom watch faces created from photos in your camera roll could also be making its way to this latest update, with the potential to have a group of photos cycle between clicks on the watch which you may also be able to share with friends.
Along with these simple additions to the watch faces, with WatchOS 7 Apple could be adding a new watch face called Infograph Pro which would bring a traditionally analog feature called a Tachymeter. This would measure speed and distance based on time, seemingly to add to the sports options and complications for those who use the Apple Watch for its fitness abilities.
Adding to the number of health benefits, WatchOS 7 could be the software update that brings native sleep tracking to the Apple Watch, with a feature called Time in Bed Tracking if rumors on the name are to be believed. It is suggested that this feature might be exclusive to the 6th generation model set to be released in the fall of this year.
Control Center could be getting more toggles for Sleep Mode and Noise Detection which only help to confirm the idea that sleep tracking will be coming to the Apple Watch soon.
To expand the potential audience for its watches, Parental Controls are heavily rumored to be making their way to the Apple Watch. With this update, Parents will be able to set-up and manage the watch via their iPhone. It will be possible to manage trusted contacts and the music that would be available and with a new feature called School Time, it has the potential to allow parents to restrict the hours available to use certain apps and complications, namely school or study hours.
These new features will come alongside the usual performance improvements and bug fixes brought with a new software update and we should see the official announcement at WWDC in June.