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Apple launches public beta for new Apple Watch features, including sleep tracking

Apple has already launched beta versions for the next major updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS. And today it adds watchOS to the public beta mix for the first time.

The watchOS 7 update includes new watchfaces, plus easier ways to share them with friends and download custom layouts from the web. But the biggest addition this year, and this one deserves one And last but not least, is sleep tracking. watchOS 7 comes with a new Sleep app that shows you how many hours you sleep each night – although Apple isn’t diving into the quality of sleep and different cycles just yet.

The Apple Watch gets more fitness tracking with watchOS 7, including metrics for dance, functional strength training, core training, and cooldown activities. The Maps app adds support for cycling directions, and Apple’s smartwatch now automatically detects when you wash your hands and offers a 20-second timer.

There are other small, but useful improvements, such as on-device dictation – which makes for much faster speech to text – and translation support with Siri. The full list of new watchOS tricks is on Apple’s website, and you can test them yourself starting today. Just remember, as always, beta means beta and it’s probably best not to install the watchOS 7 public beta on your primary Apple Watch if you rely on it on a daily basis.