Influential Wristwatch Website Hodinkee Becomes an Authorized Apple Watch Retailer

New York City-based watch retailer Hodinkee today announced that it is now an authorized retailer for the Apple Watch. The company has been known as an influential watch review site and recently launched an e-commerce platform, the Hodinkee Shop, where high-end mechanical watches can be purchased.


From today, the Hodinkee Shop also includes Apple Watch Series 5 models along with a variety of ‌Apple Watch‌ accessories. The store is only selling cellular versions of the ‌Apple Watch‌, and prices match Apple’s own prices on the Series 5. Both aluminum and stainless steel models are available.

“We are very excited to be an authorized retailer for ‌Apple Watch‌,” said HODINKEE Chief Commercial Officer Russell Kelly.

“It is a revolutionary product, an impressive example of design and functionality which seamlessly integrates into daily life. Not only does ‌Apple Watch‌ complement our product offering but it also further positions the HODINKEE Shop as an e-commerce new luxury leader.”

Hodinkee has bands like the Milanese Loop, Sport Band, and Sport Loop. In terms of charging accessories, the retailer is also offering the ‌Apple Watch‌ Magnetic Charging Dock and various Magnetic Charging Cable options. The AirPods and AirPods Pro are even available on the Apple section of the Hodinkee Shop.

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New York City-based watch retailer Hodinkee today announced that it is now an authorized retailer for the Apple Watch. The company has been known as an influential watch review site and recently launched an e-commerce platform, the Hodinkee Shop, where high-end mechanical watches can be purchased.


From today, the Hodinkee Shop also includes Apple Watch Series 5 models along with a variety of ‌Apple Watch‌ accessories. The store is only selling cellular versions of the ‌Apple Watch‌, and prices match Apple's own prices on the Series 5. Both aluminum and stainless steel models are available.
"We are very excited to be an authorized retailer for ‌Apple Watch‌,” said HODINKEE Chief Commercial Officer Russell Kelly.

“It is a revolutionary product, an impressive example of design and functionality which seamlessly integrates into daily life. Not only does ‌Apple Watch‌ complement our product offering but it also further positions the HODINKEE Shop as an e-commerce new luxury leader.”
Hodinkee has bands like the Milanese Loop, Sport Band, and Sport Loop. In terms of charging accessories, the retailer is also offering the ‌Apple Watch‌ Magnetic Charging Dock and various Magnetic Charging Cable options. The AirPods and AirPods Pro are even available on the Apple section of the Hodinkee Shop.
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Hands-On With watchOS 7’s Sleep Tracking, Watch Face Sharing and Handwashing Monitor

watchOS 7, introduced last week and available for developers, is a significant update that introduces useful new Apple Watch features like sleep tracking and watch face sharing.

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We went hands-on with ‌watchOS 7‌ in our latest YouTube video to give MacRumors readers a preview of what’s coming when the update launches later this year.

Apple still isn’t allowing custom watch faces, but it did add more flexibility in ‌watchOS 7‌. Multiple complications from a single app can be used on your watch face, so if you wanted to do something like set up a surfing themed watch face with info on swells, water temperature, and more all taken from one app, you can do so.


There are several Apple-created complications to add to the ‌Apple Watch‌ in ‌watchOS 7‌ for accessing Shortcuts, the Camera Remote app, Moon phases, Sleep Tracking, and the World Clock.

There’s also a new feature that allows for watch face sharing, so you can create useful watch faces and share them with friends and family over apps like Mail and Messages, or with a broader audience on the web. Apple also plans to highlight useful watch faces in the App Store.

Apple added a new Chronograph Pro watch face with a tachymeter, plus tweaked a few others. The Photos face supports color filters and the X-Large face works with complications.

Sleep Tracking lets the ‌Apple Watch‌ be worn at night to track how much sleep you’re getting, with sleep habits over time visible in the Health app on the iPhone. The ‌Apple Watch‌’s sleep tracking doesn’t provide detailed data on metrics like deep sleep or light sleep, but it does come alongside Sleep Mode, Wind Down, and alarm features to maximize how much sleep you’re getting.


Sleep Mode turns the ‌Apple Watch‌’s display off and activates Do Not Disturb while you’re asleep, and it can be set to come on automatically based on the sleep schedule programmed into the watch. Wind Down works with your own pre-bedtime preferences and can do things like suggest that you open a meditation app or turn down the lights as you get ready to sleep. In the morning, the ‌Apple Watch‌ can wake you up with a haptic alarm, greeting you in the morning with a weather report.

To make sure you have enough battery, the ‌Apple Watch‌ provides notifications when it needs to be charged above 30 percent before bedtime, and if you’re charging in the morning while you get ready for the day, you’ll see an alert on your phone letting you know when the ‌Apple Watch‌ has a full charge.

Sleep tracking battery drain isn’t too bad, and in our experience it drained about 30 percent throughout the night, something that Apple may be able to improve over the beta testing period.

Along with sleep tracking, Apple introduced a new handwashing monitoring feature that helps people wash their hands for the recommended 20 second duration. When the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and the sound of running water, it starts up a 20 second countdown.


Apple renamed the “Activity” app to “Fitness” in ‌watchOS 7‌ and added new workouts that include Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cool Downs, and it provides more data post workout.

iOS 14 features like cycling directions for bike riders and EV routes for electric vehicle owners have been added, Siri can offer spoken translations, ‌Siri‌ requests are now faster with on-device dictation, and there are new hearing health features to better protect your hearing when listening to music.

‌watchOS 7‌ is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple plans to release a ‌watchOS 7‌ beta for public beta testers for the first time. watchOS software can’t be downgraded, so when the public beta software releases, beta testers will still want to use caution before installing.

After a few months of beta testing to work out bugs and streamline new features, ‌watchOS 7‌ will see a public release this fall alongside ‌iOS 14‌.

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watchOS 7, introduced last week and available for developers, is a significant update that introduces useful new Apple Watch features like sleep tracking and watch face sharing.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

We went hands-on with ‌watchOS 7‌ in our latest YouTube video to give MacRumors readers a preview of what's coming when the update launches later this year.

Apple still isn't allowing custom watch faces, but it did add more flexibility in ‌watchOS 7‌. Multiple complications from a single app can be used on your watch face, so if you wanted to do something like set up a surfing themed watch face with info on swells, water temperature, and more all taken from one app, you can do so.


There are several Apple-created complications to add to the ‌Apple Watch‌ in ‌watchOS 7‌ for accessing Shortcuts, the Camera Remote app, Moon phases, Sleep Tracking, and the World Clock.

There's also a new feature that allows for watch face sharing, so you can create useful watch faces and share them with friends and family over apps like Mail and Messages, or with a broader audience on the web. Apple also plans to highlight useful watch faces in the App Store.

Apple added a new Chronograph Pro watch face with a tachymeter, plus tweaked a few others. The Photos face supports color filters and the X-Large face works with complications.

Sleep Tracking lets the ‌Apple Watch‌ be worn at night to track how much sleep you're getting, with sleep habits over time visible in the Health app on the iPhone. The ‌Apple Watch‌'s sleep tracking doesn't provide detailed data on metrics like deep sleep or light sleep, but it does come alongside Sleep Mode, Wind Down, and alarm features to maximize how much sleep you're getting.


Sleep Mode turns the ‌Apple Watch‌'s display off and activates Do Not Disturb while you're asleep, and it can be set to come on automatically based on the sleep schedule programmed into the watch. Wind Down works with your own pre-bedtime preferences and can do things like suggest that you open a meditation app or turn down the lights as you get ready to sleep. In the morning, the ‌Apple Watch‌ can wake you up with a haptic alarm, greeting you in the morning with a weather report.

To make sure you have enough battery, the ‌Apple Watch‌ provides notifications when it needs to be charged above 30 percent before bedtime, and if you're charging in the morning while you get ready for the day, you'll see an alert on your phone letting you know when the ‌Apple Watch‌ has a full charge.

Sleep tracking battery drain isn't too bad, and in our experience it drained about 30 percent throughout the night, something that Apple may be able to improve over the beta testing period.

Along with sleep tracking, Apple introduced a new handwashing monitoring feature that helps people wash their hands for the recommended 20 second duration. When the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and the sound of running water, it starts up a 20 second countdown.


Apple renamed the "Activity" app to "Fitness" in ‌watchOS 7‌ and added new workouts that include Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cool Downs, and it provides more data post workout.

iOS 14 features like cycling directions for bike riders and EV routes for electric vehicle owners have been added, Siri can offer spoken translations, ‌Siri‌ requests are now faster with on-device dictation, and there are new hearing health features to better protect your hearing when listening to music.

‌watchOS 7‌ is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple plans to release a ‌watchOS 7‌ beta for public beta testers for the first time. watchOS software can't be downgraded, so when the public beta software releases, beta testers will still want to use caution before installing.

After a few months of beta testing to work out bugs and streamline new features, ‌watchOS 7‌ will see a public release this fall alongside ‌iOS 14‌.
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Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6.2.8 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.2.8 update to developers, three weeks after releasing the second beta and a over month after releasing the watchOS 6.2.5 update with new Pride Apple Watch faces.


watchOS 6.2.8 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To install the new software, the ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌.

It’s not clear what’s included in watchOS 6.2.8, but it likely focuses on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes for issues that weren’t able to be addressed in the prior update, as well as adding support for Car Key, the feature that allows an ‌Apple Watch‌ to be used in lieu of a physical key for compatible cars.

No new features were found in the first two betas of watchOS 6.2.8, but we’ll update this article should anything new be found in the third beta.

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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.2.8 update to developers, three weeks after releasing the second beta and a over month after releasing the watchOS 6.2.5 update with new Pride Apple Watch faces.


watchOS 6.2.8 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To install the new software, the ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌.

It's not clear what's included in watchOS 6.2.8, but it likely focuses on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes for issues that weren't able to be addressed in the prior update, as well as adding support for Car Key, the feature that allows an ‌Apple Watch‌ to be used in lieu of a physical key for compatible cars.

No new features were found in the first two betas of watchOS 6.2.8, but we'll update this article should anything new be found in the third beta.
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Apple Watch Executive Kevin Lynch Discusses New Sleep Tracking and Hand Washing Features

Following WWDC last week, Apple’s VP of Technology Kevin Lynch has taken time to discuss the Apple Watch’s new sleep tracking and hand washing features in watchOS 7 with publications like The Independent, CNET, and TechCrunch.


While some third-party apps provide very detailed sleep analysis, Apple’s implementation of sleep tracking is fairly basic, focusing only on duration of sleep, movement disturbances, and heart rate. Lynch told CNET that this simplicity was an intentional decision, noting that Apple did research and found that extra data was not entirely useful.

“Movement of your arm is an input, but it’s not a complete picture of what’s going on inside your brain,” said Lynch, as an example.

“You can’t really coach yourself to have more or less REM stages,” he added. “We felt like that wasn’t the best way Apple could add value here on sleep. We focused on the transition to the bed, which we think is way more actionable, and will result in people getting a better night’s sleep, which then has secondary effects of perhaps your REM stages sorting themselves.”

Lynch said that, through research, Apple ultimately determined that duration of sleep is the most important metric.

“In any of these adventures we go on when building things here we ask, what will make the most difference for people that, from a mainstream perspective, will be easy, helpful and empowering,” Lynch told The Independent.

Like many other health features on the Apple Watch, the Sleep app provides positive reinforcement only. If users meet their sleep goals, they receive positive feedback, but if they do not, the Watch stays silent.

“There could be anxiety that people have about going to sleep, and that anxiety itself can actually cause more problems in terms of going to sleep,” Lynch told CNET. “Many people are already well aware that they haven’t been getting enough sleep, and so we’re not adding to that, but we are positively acknowledging when you have achieved your goals.”

As for hand washing coaching in watchOS 7, Lynch told TechCrunch that the functionality was the result of “years of work.” The feature encourages users to wash their hands for a CDC-recommended 20 seconds by providing a countdown with haptic feedback. If a user opts in, the feature automatically activates when the sound of hand washing is detected.

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Following WWDC last week, Apple's VP of Technology Kevin Lynch has taken time to discuss the Apple Watch's new sleep tracking and hand washing features in watchOS 7 with publications like The Independent, CNET, and TechCrunch.


While some third-party apps provide very detailed sleep analysis, Apple's implementation of sleep tracking is fairly basic, focusing only on duration of sleep, movement disturbances, and heart rate. Lynch told CNET that this simplicity was an intentional decision, noting that Apple did research and found that extra data was not entirely useful.

"Movement of your arm is an input, but it's not a complete picture of what's going on inside your brain," said Lynch, as an example.

"You can't really coach yourself to have more or less REM stages," he added. "We felt like that wasn't the best way Apple could add value here on sleep. We focused on the transition to the bed, which we think is way more actionable, and will result in people getting a better night's sleep, which then has secondary effects of perhaps your REM stages sorting themselves."

Lynch said that, through research, Apple ultimately determined that duration of sleep is the most important metric.

"In any of these adventures we go on when building things here we ask, what will make the most difference for people that, from a mainstream perspective, will be easy, helpful and empowering," Lynch told The Independent.

Like many other health features on the Apple Watch, the Sleep app provides positive reinforcement only. If users meet their sleep goals, they receive positive feedback, but if they do not, the Watch stays silent.

"There could be anxiety that people have about going to sleep, and that anxiety itself can actually cause more problems in terms of going to sleep," Lynch told CNET. "Many people are already well aware that they haven't been getting enough sleep, and so we're not adding to that, but we are positively acknowledging when you have achieved your goals."

As for hand washing coaching in watchOS 7, Lynch told TechCrunch that the functionality was the result of "years of work." The feature encourages users to wash their hands for a CDC-recommended 20 seconds by providing a countdown with haptic feedback. If a user opts in, the feature automatically activates when the sound of hand washing is detected.
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Apple Drops Force Touch Gesture in watchOS 7

Apple has elected to drop support for Force Touch in watchOS 7, indicating that the Apple Watch Series 6 will not include the firm-press gesture from the outset.

Force Touch used in the Weather app on watchOS 6

Force Touch can be used in ‌watchOS 6‌ to reveal hidden menus on ‌Apple Watch‌, such as options to clear notifications and customize the current Watch Face. These options will no longer be accessed using the Force Touch gesture when watchOS 7 is released. Apple’s new Human Interface Guidelines for developers making apps for watchOS 7 confirms the change:

Firm press and long press. In versions of watchOS before watchOS 7, people could press firmly on the display to do things like change the watch face or reveal a hidden menu called a Force Touch menu. In watchOS 7 and later, system apps make previously hidden menu items accessible in a related screen or a settings screen. If you formerly supported a long-press gesture to open a hidden menu, consider relocating the menu items elsewhere.

Several native apps in the watchOS 7 beta already reflect the gesture’s removal. For example, the Force Touch gesture for the app layout Grid/List View has been replaced by a menu option in the Settings app. Similarly, changing the Calendar view must now be done in Settings, while the gesture to Change Move Goal in the Activity app has become just another menu item. The Customize Watch Face menu is now accessed via a long press.

In 2018, Apple did something similar when the iPhone XR was introduced with a ‌Haptic Touch‌ feature that replaced ‌3D Touch‌. While ‌Haptic Touch‌ (aka long press) is essentially feedback mechanism, ‌3D Touch‌ offered genuine input options like Peek and Pop. This change has since expanded to the entire iPhone lineup, which has allowed Apple to remove the capacitive layer integrated into the ‌iPhone‌ display.

Apple’s reasoning behind the removal of the firm-press gesture on ‌Apple Watch‌ isn’t clear, but it could be that not enough users were aware of it for it to be genuinely useful, or perhaps Apple decided that some of the functions it offered were replicated elsewhere and therefore redundant.

With no need for a Force Touch layer in future ‌Apple Watch‌ models, Apple could conceivably use the extra space to include a larger battery, but that’s pure speculation at this point. We won’t know until the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 6 makes its debut in the fall. Will you miss Force Touch or was it something you didn’t use? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple has elected to drop support for Force Touch in watchOS 7, indicating that the Apple Watch Series 6 will not include the firm-press gesture from the outset.

Force Touch used in the Weather app on watchOS 6

Force Touch can be used in ‌watchOS 6‌ to reveal hidden menus on ‌Apple Watch‌, such as options to clear notifications and customize the current Watch Face. These options will no longer be accessed using the Force Touch gesture when watchOS 7 is released. Apple's new Human Interface Guidelines for developers making apps for watchOS 7 confirms the change:
Firm press and long press. In versions of watchOS before watchOS 7, people could press firmly on the display to do things like change the watch face or reveal a hidden menu called a Force Touch menu. In watchOS 7 and later, system apps make previously hidden menu items accessible in a related screen or a settings screen. If you formerly supported a long-press gesture to open a hidden menu, consider relocating the menu items elsewhere.
Several native apps in the watchOS 7 beta already reflect the gesture's removal. For example, the Force Touch gesture for the app layout Grid/List View has been replaced by a menu option in the Settings app. Similarly, changing the Calendar view must now be done in Settings, while the gesture to Change Move Goal in the Activity app has become just another menu item. The Customize Watch Face menu is now accessed via a long press.

In 2018, Apple did something similar when the iPhone XR was introduced with a ‌Haptic Touch‌ feature that replaced ‌3D Touch‌. While ‌Haptic Touch‌ (aka long press) is essentially feedback mechanism, ‌3D Touch‌ offered genuine input options like Peek and Pop. This change has since expanded to the entire iPhone lineup, which has allowed Apple to remove the capacitive layer integrated into the ‌iPhone‌ display.

Apple's reasoning behind the removal of the firm-press gesture on ‌Apple Watch‌ isn't clear, but it could be that not enough users were aware of it for it to be genuinely useful, or perhaps Apple decided that some of the functions it offered were replicated elsewhere and therefore redundant.

With no need for a Force Touch layer in future ‌Apple Watch‌ models, Apple could conceivably use the extra space to include a larger battery, but that's pure speculation at this point. We won't know until the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 6 makes its debut in the fall. Will you miss Force Touch or was it something you didn't use? Let us know in the comments.
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watchOS 7 Only Compatible With Series 3 Apple Watch and Later

The watchOS 7 update that Apple introduced today brings exciting new features like Sleep Tracking, handwashing tracking, and a new watch face sharing option, but the new software is compatible with a limited number of Apple Watch models.


watchOS 7 will work with the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, and later models, but it won’t be compatible with the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 1 or the Apple Watch Series 2. Apple also says that not all features will be available on all ‌Apple Watch‌ models.

These older ‌Apple Watch‌ models will be limited to watchOS 6 and will not be able to take advantage of the new features coming in watchOS 7.

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The watchOS 7 update that Apple introduced today brings exciting new features like Sleep Tracking, handwashing tracking, and a new watch face sharing option, but the new software is compatible with a limited number of Apple Watch models.


watchOS 7 will work with the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, and later models, but it won't be compatible with the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 1 or the Apple Watch Series 2. Apple also says that not all features will be available on all ‌Apple Watch‌ models.

These older ‌Apple Watch‌ models will be limited to watchOS 6 and will not be able to take advantage of the new features coming in watchOS 7.
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Apple Releases First Beta of New watchOS 7 Update to Developers

Apple today introduced watchOS 7, the newest version of the watchOS software that’s designed to run on the Apple Watch. Following the conclusion of the event, Apple has released the first beta of the watchOS 7 update to developers for testing purposes.


To install the beta, you will need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 7 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software update.

To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌iPhone‌. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device rather than a primary device as this is an early version of the watchOS software that still has bugs that need to be addressed.

watchOS 7 introduces a new sharing feature that allows your watch faces to be shared with others. Watch faces can be shared through Messages or Mail, discovered through the App Store, or through websites.

There are new Chronograph Pro watch faces, as well as a filters option for the Photos face and rich complications for the X-Large face. Developers can now offer more than one complication per app, and it’s easier to change complications on a watch face.

watchOS 7 includes a new Sleep Tracking feature for the first time that uses the ‌Apple Watch‌’s accelerometer to detect micromovements. The feature provides information on how well a person slept, charts sleep quality over time, and offers a Wind Down feature for helping users get ready for bed.

There’s also an alarm feature that uses haptic feedback or gentle sounds, as well as a Sleep Mode that turns on Do Not Disturb and automatically darkens the watch screen while you’re sleeping.

Along with Sleep Tracking, Apple has added a new feature that tracks hand washing to make sure you’re washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. There’s a 20-second countdown timer that comes up whenever the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and sounds. The Health app will also show the frequency and duration of the user’s handwashing.

The Activity app is being renamed to Fitness with new workout types like Dance, Core Training, and Cooldown, the Hearing app has been improved to incorporate media, cycling directions are available in Maps, and Siri can do translations right on the ‌Apple Watch‌.

watchOS 7 is only available to developers at the current time, but for the first time this year, Apple also plans to offer a watchOS beta for public beta testers.

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Apple today introduced watchOS 7, the newest version of the watchOS software that's designed to run on the Apple Watch. Following the conclusion of the event, Apple has released the first beta of the watchOS 7 update to developers for testing purposes.


To install the beta, you will need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 7 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software update.

To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌iPhone‌. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device rather than a primary device as this is an early version of the watchOS software that still has bugs that need to be addressed.

watchOS 7 introduces a new sharing feature that allows your watch faces to be shared with others. Watch faces can be shared through Messages or Mail, discovered through the App Store, or through websites.

There are new Chronograph Pro watch faces, as well as a filters option for the Photos face and rich complications for the X-Large face. Developers can now offer more than one complication per app, and it's easier to change complications on a watch face.

watchOS 7 includes a new Sleep Tracking feature for the first time that uses the ‌Apple Watch‌'s accelerometer to detect micromovements. The feature provides information on how well a person slept, charts sleep quality over time, and offers a Wind Down feature for helping users get ready for bed.

There's also an alarm feature that uses haptic feedback or gentle sounds, as well as a Sleep Mode that turns on Do Not Disturb and automatically darkens the watch screen while you're sleeping.

Along with Sleep Tracking, Apple has added a new feature that tracks hand washing to make sure you're washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. There's a 20-second countdown timer that comes up whenever the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and sounds. The Health app will also show the frequency and duration of the user's handwashing.

The Activity app is being renamed to Fitness with new workout types like Dance, Core Training, and Cooldown, the Hearing app has been improved to incorporate media, cycling directions are available in Maps, and Siri can do translations right on the ‌Apple Watch‌.

watchOS 7 is only available to developers at the current time, but for the first time this year, Apple also plans to offer a watchOS beta for public beta testers.
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Apple Watch Getting Hand Washing Coach With 20-Second Countdown and Haptic Feedback

No more having to hum the “happy birthday” song to yourself twice, as the Apple Watch is getting a new hand washing coaching feature in watchOS 7, complete with a 20-second countdown and haptic feedback.


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No more having to hum the "happy birthday" song to yourself twice, as the Apple Watch is getting a new hand washing coaching feature in watchOS 7, complete with a 20-second countdown and haptic feedback.


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Apple Watch Estimated to Reach 100 Million Lifetime Shipments Soon Despite Weaker Demand Last Quarter

Apple Watch continued to lead the smartwatch industry with an estimated 5.2 million shipments worldwide in the first quarter of 2020, well ahead of Huawei, Samsung, Fitbit, and others, according to research firm Canalys.


Canalys said the Apple Watch did see slow performance in North America and Europe during the quarter, however, which it attributes to Apple customers “switching their attention to AirPods as a ‘must-have’ accessory.” Apple’s market share declined to an estimated 36.3 percent for the quarter, down from 46.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.

Huawei trailed in second place with an estimated 2.1 million shipments and 14.9 percent market share for the quarter, followed by Samsung with an estimated 1.8 million shipments and 12.4 percent market share.


Canalys expects lifetime Apple Watch shipments to reach 100 million units within the next few months, five years after the device launched.

Apple does not provide a breakdown of Apple Watch sales in its earnings reports, so take these estimated figures with a proverbial grain of salt. Apple’s “Wearables, Home and Accessories” category did set a new all-time revenue record of $6.3 billion last quarter, including sales of the Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats products, Apple TV, HomePod, iPod touch, and both Apple-branded and third-party accessories.

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Apple Watch continued to lead the smartwatch industry with an estimated 5.2 million shipments worldwide in the first quarter of 2020, well ahead of Huawei, Samsung, Fitbit, and others, according to research firm Canalys.


Canalys said the Apple Watch did see slow performance in North America and Europe during the quarter, however, which it attributes to Apple customers "switching their attention to AirPods as a 'must-have' accessory." Apple's market share declined to an estimated 36.3 percent for the quarter, down from 46.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.

Huawei trailed in second place with an estimated 2.1 million shipments and 14.9 percent market share for the quarter, followed by Samsung with an estimated 1.8 million shipments and 12.4 percent market share.


Canalys expects lifetime Apple Watch shipments to reach 100 million units within the next few months, five years after the device launched.

Apple does not provide a breakdown of Apple Watch sales in its earnings reports, so take these estimated figures with a proverbial grain of salt. Apple's "Wearables, Home and Accessories" category did set a new all-time revenue record of $6.3 billion last quarter, including sales of the Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats products, Apple TV, HomePod, iPod touch, and both Apple-branded and third-party accessories.
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Deals: Amazon Offers $100 Off Apple Watch Series 5 Models

Amazon is still offering solid discounts across every model of the Apple Watch Series 5, starting with the 40mm GPS device for $299.00, down from $399.00. This discount matches the previous all-time-low price for this Apple Watch on Amazon, and is one of the best you’ll find online right now.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

The 44mm GPS Apple Watch Series 5 is also on sale, available for $329.00, down from $429.00. For all models you can get these devices in multiple colors, including Gold Aluminum with Pink Sport Band, Silver Aluminum with White Sport Band, and Space Gray Aluminum with Black Sport Band.

If you’re looking for a cellular model, Amazon also has a few sales for these devices. You can get the 40mm cellular Apple Watch Series 5 for $399.00, down from $499.00. The 44mm cellular model is on sale for $429.00, down from $529.00.

Apple Watch Series 5 Sale on Amazon

If you’re okay with owning a previous-generation device, the Apple Watch Series 3 is also still on sale at Amazon. The 38mm GPS device is available for $179.00, down from $199.00; while the 42mm GPS device is on sale for $209.00, down from $229.00.

Keep up with all of this week’s best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.

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Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)

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Amazon is still offering solid discounts across every model of the Apple Watch Series 5, starting with the 40mm GPS device for $299.00, down from $399.00. This discount matches the previous all-time-low price for this Apple Watch on Amazon, and is one of the best you'll find online right now.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

The 44mm GPS Apple Watch Series 5 is also on sale, available for $329.00, down from $429.00. For all models you can get these devices in multiple colors, including Gold Aluminum with Pink Sport Band, Silver Aluminum with White Sport Band, and Space Gray Aluminum with Black Sport Band.

$100 OFF
Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm GPS) for $299.00


If you're looking for a cellular model, Amazon also has a few sales for these devices. You can get the 40mm cellular Apple Watch Series 5 for $399.00, down from $499.00. The 44mm cellular model is on sale for $429.00, down from $529.00.

Apple Watch Series 5 Sale on Amazon


If you're okay with owning a previous-generation device, the Apple Watch Series 3 is also still on sale at Amazon. The 38mm GPS device is available for $179.00, down from $199.00; while the 42mm GPS device is on sale for $209.00, down from $229.00.

Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.
Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6, Apple Deals
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)

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