Apple is expected to reveal the next major upgrades to its operating systems sometime this Summer. And ahead of the official announcements, the folks at 9to5Mac were able to get access to iOS 14 code snippets, revealing some interesting new features for the next version of watchOS.
The code snippets from iOS 14 give us an idea of what Apple has planned for watchOS 7, and it seems like Cupertino has some big plans for watchOS this year.
First and foremost, watchOS 7 could finally bring sleep tracking to the Apple Watch. It’s more than likely you will need to the next-generation Apple Watch for this feature to work, but sleep tracking on the Apple Watch has been long rumored, and it could finally arrive with watchOS 7. According to the new code, watchOS 7 will include features for sleep tracking such as a sleep goal, etc.
Along with sleep tracking, watchOS 7 will include a new watch face that comes with a tachymeter. The tachymeter will make the Apple Watch work a lot like an analog watch and can be used to measure speed based on travel time.
Apple will also enable users to share watch faces with other users, including different watch face configurations, with watchOS 7 and iOS 14. Apple will allow users to make watch faces using pictures from shared albums as well.
With watchOS 7, Apple could even allow parents to setup their kid’s Apple Watch from their own iPhone without needing a secondary device. The update to Apple Watch could introduce a new Schooltime feature that could also allow parents to limit the use of their kid’s Apple Watch during school hours.
Apple is expected to show off watchOS 7 and iOS 14 at WWDC this year, which usually takes place around June. But with concerns over coronavirus, plans are still very much uncertain and could change how Apple releases its new software updates and products this year.