watchOS 7 public beta review: Apple Watch's ability to be more in tune with your body

A good update that keeps track of everything in your life.

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2020年08月18日, 午後 06:29 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


I've been wearing the Apple Watch since the day it was first released, and I am pleased to report that I have been using the public beta version of watchOS 7, which will be released this fall, for a while.

I previously wrote an article saying that the Apple Watch is a gadget that you should wear as hard as you can hang on to. This is because the Apple Watch is a gadget that keeps track of you on your behalf.

If you're someone who is constantly dealing with your health and diligently keeping track of it, you may not need an Apple Watch. But I'm quite the opposite - I sleep irregularly and I don't have an analysis of how much I've slept. I don't think about how stressed out I am or even how much physical activity I've done.

So I can only keep track of it during periods when I'm trying to lose weight or when I'm aware that I should be getting a good night's sleep. This also doesn't last long. But I don't think it's just me.

The Apple Watch is like a secretary that records, suggests, and taps you on the shoulder without permission. So, the more you love to work, the more you are doing what you want to do, the more responsible you are, the more you work hard and want to give 120% of the work you've been entrusted with, the more I would recommend the Apple Watch. That's my theory, and it won't change with the updated OS.

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A lot of things have changed in watchOS 7. One of the most notable is the ability to log your sleep.

I have to admit, I'm not a fan of sleeping with something on my wrist, but I decided to try sleeping for three days with the Apple Watch on. The band was a thin, sport-type band, and I tried wearing it with a tight fit on my wrist, and then trying to get some sleep.

watchOS 7 has the Wind Down shortcuts that work in conjunction with the iPhone's iOS 14. I can set this backward from the scheduled bedtime that I set myself, so I'll spend my time focusing on "going to sleep" when I get a notification of Wind Down. For now, I'm going to stop working and get ready for bed, get ready for bed, get ready for bed....

First, go to Health Care, then Sleep on your iPhone and set your bedtime.

Add a shortcut from Wind Down.

For example, listening to music for relaxation, reading a book on Kindle, meditating with a mindfulness app, or doing yoga. I've added Relax melodies, an app that allows me to remix and play environmental music, which I've always loved, and a mindfulness app.

When this mode is activated, shortcuts will appear on the sleep screen.

When you finish getting ready for bed and go into sleep mode, the Apple Watch screen goes dark. It looks like the battery is empty, which makes you feel a bit nervous for a moment, but when you press the Digital Crown, it shows you the time. It's also useful to see the time when you wake up in the night.

The screen is dark as this while I'm asleep.

You can check the time by pressing the Digital Crown.

Below is my sleep log. I sleep at about 4:30 a.m. every day. It's not that I work nights, but I've always been a night owl, and I've gotten used to this life. The good thing about the Apple Watch is that although it throws out a suggestion to get a good night's sleep, it doesn't impose generalities like "You need to sleep by this time or you'll be unhealthy" or "Try to sleep during prime time". I think it's a pretty high point to allow for diversity in lifestyle.

The average sleep time seems to be about 5 hours and 15 minutes.

You can also find out your heart rate while you are sleeping.

What made sleeping with the Apple Watch so nice was actually more than the sleep log, it was the gentle tap on my wrist that woke me up. Being woken up by a beeping sound is the usual thing with alarms, but I don't think that's good for your heart. I feel like my heart is beating faster as soon as I wake up. In comparison, Apple Watch feels like a gentle tap on my wrist to wake me up. I felt less stressed because I was slowly brought back to the real world.

Many people wonder if their Apple Watch won't run out of battery power while they sleep, but if you charge your Apple Watch for 20-30 minutes while you're taking a bath before you fall asleep, for example, you can use it until morning with no problem. It seems to be adjusted to use very little battery power during sleep.

This is the screen you see when you wake up in the morning (after you turn off the alarm), and even after a little more than 5 hours of sleep from a full charge, the battery loss is 15%.

If the power is extremely low before you fall asleep, the system will remind you to "Charge the battery" or "Charging is complete" when the battery is at full capacity, so you are less likely to forget to charge the battery.

Another noteworthy feature is the handwashing feature. It detects your hand movements and counts down to wash for 20 seconds. This is a new feature to combat the coronavirus, and if you wash up as indicated, you'll be rewarded. However, I preferred the notification to recommend washing your hands when you arrive home rather than this countdown feature.

Next up is the Fitness app, and since watchOS 7, there are more types of workouts you can record. The focus is on dancing, as dance videos for fitness purposes have become very popular on YouTube, so it's possible that many people were actually burning calories while refraining from going out. But at the time, there was no item on the Apple Watch to measure dancing. That was updated in watchOS 7, and if you dance while wearing the Apple Watch, it now records your calorie burn. As I was the type of person who dances at home, this update was a nice touch.

I actually danced with my Apple Watch while watching the "Dance to Lose Weight" video on YouTube. The recording is below.

The calorie consumption is well documented.

The calorie consumption is well documented.

Other workouts can be searched for and added in alphabetical order, and watchOS 7 added intense workouts like high-intensity interval training, kickboxing, and cross-training, as well as quieter activities like Pilates, ballet, ballroom dancing, and yoga.

There are even items such as "fishing" and "play", which I wondered what they are used for, but "play" is a great exercise for families with children, isn't it? It's also good to be able to keep track of how you move your body. There's also a section called Fitness Games, so if you're getting sore muscles on a Nintendo Switch on a daily basis, you might want to try recording them on your Apple Watch.

I know a lot of people are refraining from the gym these days, but with the combination of watchOS 7 and the Apple Watch, it looks like you can have an effective home diet.

By the way, I think the days of digital gadgets being only for men and those days are long gone. This isn't the content of the watchOS 7 update, but the recent Apple Watch has enhanced features that are useful in women's lives. Convenient and importantly, it can easily track a woman's menstrual cycle.

Record whether you've been bleeding or not with a single tap using the Apple Watch app. It's a great way to keep track of your body, as it can also record blurred vision, hot flashes, headaches, and mood swings.

Originally, the Apple Watch was a gadget that seemed to be "for active people". As far as workouts go, I feel like it was made for people who run every day or for people who take cardio exercise for granted.

With watchOS 7, it has changed to "something that records everything about your life itself and suggests things to help you stay active". It's a very big and significant update.

To use watchOS 7, you'll need the following Apple Watch and an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or later.

  • Apple Watch Series 3

  • Apple Watch Series 4

  • Apple Watch Series 5

If you currently have an Apple Watch, you can look forward to the fall update, and if you don't have one now, you may want to consider buying an Apple Watch. Especially when it comes to the Apple Watch Series 3, the cheapest model is priced at 19,800 yen (excluding tax), which is very affordable. It might be the best choice for your first Apple Watch.

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*Screens from the public beta version of watchOS 7 have been posted with special permission based on coverage.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

 
 
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