Apple Watch Series 6, watchOS 7 to Feature Sleep Tracking, Schooltime Mode for Kids, New Watch Faces

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Apple’s first smartwatch was lacking in terms of features, but the company has been adding dozens of new features with new watchOS updates and exciting new features with each new Apple Watch release. Now, it appears that the company has been working on exciting functions, such as sleep tracking, which could be released this year.

It appears that the folks over at 9To5Mac have been able to get their hands on iOS 14 code, and it reveals a lot of features that we could expect to see later this year. First and foremost, Apple seems to be working on sleep tracking for the Apple Watch. Sleep tracking could be the headline feature of the Apple Watch Series 6, but we are not sure if it would be made available to older watches via a software update. Apple had already leaked its own Sleep watchOS app in the past.

Next up, the watch faces could be shared with other Apple Watch users. For example, you can customize and configure a watch face with certain widgets and complications, and then share it with family members or friends. Watch face configuration files would have a special extension and then can be seen in the Files app, probably with an image-like preview thumbnail.

The company is also working on a new variant of the Infograph watch face: Infograph Pro. This new watch face will bring the ability to add a tachymeter to the Apple Watch. Tachymeter can be used to measure speed and distance based on time.

watchOS 7 Photos Shared Album Watch Face

A new watch face that could be unveiled as a part of the watchOS 7 update would let users source images from shared albums to be set as backgrounds. For example, family members can share a watch face that sources images from the family’s common album.

Other features of the watchOS 7 update include Kids Mode and Schooltime. Currently, an iPhone can only be used to set up one person’s Apple Watch. However, that could change with watchOS 7. A parent can probably set up their kid’s Apple Watch and manage it using their iPhone. The Schooltime feature could let parents decide which features and info to showcase on a kid’s Apple Watch, based on time.

The Health app in watchOS 7 and iOS 14 could show sleep data such as sleep time, sleep quality, and more aspects of a user’s sleep. They can set their sleep goals and track them accordingly. It will also include recommendations and tips to improve the quality of sleep. The new Control Center could also allow users to add toggles for Noise Detection and Sleep Mode.

Our Take

While most Apple rivals and smartwatch makers have had the sleep tracking feature for the past few years. We were all looking forward to the sleep tracking feature on the Apple Watch, and we expected that the Apple Watch Series 5 would bring the necessary feature. However, it looks like our wishes will be granted this year, and it has been a long time coming.

The company’s take on managing kids’ computers, smartphones, and smartwatches is particularly interesting. No other company has been adding similar features to their ecosystem, and we should applaud Apple for such features. Looks like the Apple Watch Series 6 and watchOS 7 would be really impressive launches. What’s still missing in watchOS is the ability for users to install third-party watch faces.

Which features are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Source: 9To5Mac]