Apple's latest wearable operating system has arrived on the Apple Watch ($409 at Amazon), following an announcement at the tech giant's in September. Also announced at Apple's "Time Flies" event were two new smartwatch models, the and the more affordable . Originally revealed during its earlier this summer, the WatchOS 7 update has been available as a public beta since August. Its new features include four new workouts within its Workout app, the ability to use Siri to translate several languages directly from your wrist, an automatic motion-sensitive hand-washing timer, expanded and sharable Watch face options from third-party developers, and a sleep tracker that lets you know when it's time to wind down for your best rest.
A new expansion of the Noise app's alert system -- which already pings users when it detects ambient noise levels that could affect hearing loss -- will now alert you when you're listening to audio through your headphones from either your iPhone ($499 at Apple), iPod or Apple Watch. A new set of mobility metrics will also be available through a , powered by advanced algorithms and Watch's motion-sensing accelerometer and gyroscope.
The Apple Watch has come a long way from its launch in 2015, when it was initially touted as a luxury item complete with a $10,000 gold variant called the Apple Watch Edition. But over the last few years, Apple has touted the Watch as a health device, tracking wearers' steps and activity. Apple has added health-related features such as an ECG heart monitor, sync technology for gym equipment and a meditation app.
Here's everything you need to know about downloading WatchOS 7, and which devices are compatible with the new system.
Which devices can I download WatchOS 7 on?
- (available Sept. 18)
- (available Sept. 18)
If you, WatchOS 7 will be included on the device. Not all features are available on all devices, Apple noted.
How do I update to WatchOS 7?
Watch wearers can upgrade their OS by using their iPhone. When a new update is available, your Apple Watch will notify you. Tap Update Tonight in the notification, and then go to your iPhone to confirm. Leave your Apple Watch and iPhone charging overnight and the update will complete.
Or you can check for the update manually, since WatchOS 7 is already available. To do this, on your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap the My Watch tab. Tap General > Software Update. Download the update, and enter your passcode if prompted. Wait for the progress wheel to appear -- it could take several minutes, or up to an hour for the update to complete.