Apple’s WatchOS 7 beta is now available for download

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Apple Watch owners can now try out the first public beta for watchOS 7. 

On Monday, Apple made the software available over the company’s Beta Software Program. This marks the first time the company has released a beta for watchOS to consumers. Previously, the test versions were only available to developers, denying the public at large a chance to preview the upcoming features. But that changes now with watchOS 7.

To try out the beta, you’ll have to sign in and then enroll your Apple Watch into the program. You’ll also need an iPhone that’s already in the iOS beta 14 program.

Users who download the software will get access to watchOS 7’s new sleep tracking feature. Although you can already download third-party sleep tracking apps to the product, Apple has finally decided to create its own. 

Another interesting feature is watchOS 7’s ability to detect when you’re washing your hands. A 20-second timer can then be displayed, telling you how much longer you need to scrub. 

Other additions to watchOS 7 include new watch faces, an improved Workout app, and support for language translations from Siri. However, the company warns you should only try out the beta if you’re willing to endure some potentially buggy software. 

“Please note Apple Watch cannot be restored to previously-released OS versions once the public beta is installed,” the company adds in a FAQ. Another drawback is how the VoiceOver feature isn’t currently supported in the watchOS 7 beta.

For those willing to wait, the official watchOS 7 release is slated to arrive some time this fall.

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