The next Apple Watch (Series 6) remains months faraway from making its grand debut alongside the rumored iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max.
But there are still many speculations surrounding a Series 6 smartwatch and a replacement software update that’ll bring new features to the prevailing Apple Watches to carry us over within the meantime.
Save for a couple of minor changes like larger screens, different materials and various watch band designs, the design of the watch hasn’t changed much since Apple introduced the primary Apple Watch in 2014. And this year is going to be no different.
New watch face options
The Apple Watch has plenty of customizable watch faces, starting from animated Disney characters to weather-centric interfaces.
For patriotic users, Watch OS 7 may add an « international » option that allows you to choose a country’s flag as your watch face.
A new fitness app
Fitness has been at the core of the Apple Watch since its launch, and this year Apple may take it even further. Consistent with MacRumors, the corporate is functioning on a standalone fitness app.
Unlike the prevailing Activity app that tracks your progress and is already on the Apple Watch (and iPhone), this one would offer you guided workouts for an assortment of various activities like running, cycling, rowing, strength training, dance, and yoga.
There’s no shortage of third-party fitness apps like this for the Apple Watch, but a native fitness app could put tons of these out of business.
The app would be available on the iPhone and Apple TV also because of the Apple Watch. And it’d be free. The MacRumors report says there is no evidence of in-app purchases, but that does not necessarily rule out a subscription-based approach like Apple Music.
Native sleep tracking may finally arrive
This could finally be the year when Apple Watch gets native sleep tracking.
Since acquiring the sleep sensor Beddit back in 2017, a tracker that sits under the mattress, there are rumors about Apple integrating an identical feature within the Apple Watch.
A « Sleep app » was also accidentally mentioned during a screenshot of Apple’s preinstalled Alarm app within the App Store.
The image was spotted by a reader of MacRumors back in October and has since been removed.
Sleep tracking is out there on the Apple Watch through third-party apps and one among the most important hurdles for Apple to supply it natively has been battery life.
The present Apple Watch models last a few days and a half normal use, but a feature like this is able to require overnight monitoring.
This is able to likely drain the battery much faster and would require a much bigger battery or a software update (WatchOS 7 feature) that might optimize battery life.