watchOS 7: All New Features and Some Major Problems
In more ways than one, watchOS 7 is a significant upgrade with several long-awaited features finally gracing the operating system. Apart from being feature-rich, the latest iteration of watchOS has also seen major improvements in terms of security and privacy.
As is usually the case, watchOS 7 is not without flaws. And guess what, some problems have already started showing up since the upgrade was launched. In this short piece, we have rounded up the best watchOS 7 features and the major problems along with some pro solutions to fix them. That being said, let’s dive right in!
Best watchOS 7 Features Worth Taking Note Of
After a long wait, watchOS has eventually got a built-in sleep tracker, much to the delight of health-conscious Apple Watch users. While there is no dearth of third-party sleep tracking apps, having a native tool that can track sleep and provide an in-depth insight is something that most people had been looking for.
The sleep app for Apple Watch is pretty easy to set up and works in sync with the Apple Health app for iOS.
In the wake of the deadly Coronavirus, Apple has introduced a unique feature called “Handwashing Detection” that reminds users to wash their hands. The moment Hand Detection listens for the sounds of running water, it starts a 20-second timer to help users wash their hands for the appropriate duration.
Family Setup Feature
Thanks to the introduction of the Family Setup feature, kids and older adults can now use Apple Watch without an iPhone after the guardian has set up the smartwatch. Moreover, it has also opened the gate for the pairing of multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone. With the parental controls enabled, the family organizer can control all the essential aspects to ensure kids do not break the set rules.
With watchOS 7, you can now use Siri to get spoken translations in 10 languages. For enhanced privacy, watchOS ensures all the dictation is done on-device.
Several New Watch Faces
For the folks who love to try out a variety of cool watch faces to customize the Apple Watch home/lock screen, watchOS 7 appears to be the top bet. To be more precise, watchOS 7 has got some nice-looking watch faces such as the fun-loving Memoji face, a Stripes face with customizable colors, Chronograph Pro with a tachymeter, a Memoji face, GMT face that displays multiple time zones and a Stripes face with customizable colors.
That’s not all, apps can also provide a ton of additional options to let you customize your Apple Watch face in line with your taste.
Major watchOS 7 Problems:
Along with these enhancements, there are also some issues that seem to have been identified in this new version.
Battery Drain Issues
Several Apple Watch users have reported unexpected battery drain issues after upgrading to watchOS 7. While we are not ruling out the possibility of a bug, we recommend you to take control of power-hungry apps. Also ensure all installed Apps are updated, as old version of Apps tend to consume more power.
More often than not, the sluggishness occurs due to the cluttered storage. Therefore, we would recommend you to clean up your Apple Watch and also wipe out all the useless apps that may have hogged a ton of space unnecessarily. Once the redundant files have been eliminated, the smartwatch will begin to run smoothly.
Though app freezing is the issue that’s always around the corner, a number of watchOS users have encountered it only after upgrading to the latest version. One of the more reliable solutions for fixing the app freezing problem is to update the problematic apps. If that doesn’t sort out the issue, delete the app and re-download them
The Bottom Line
Having given the watchOS 7 a try, we must say that it’s a notable upgrade from the predecessor. Features like sleep tracking and Siri Translation make it impressive. As for the problems, they are pretty much on the expected line. However, if you come across anything unusual, do contact our experts at the Apple Watch repair centre at the earliest, to fix the issues.