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  1. scifan57

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    Yesterday at the WWDC Keynote, Apple released the first beta of watchOS 7. One of the anticipated new features is the Sleep App.
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    watchOS 7 will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 and newer.
     
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    Here’s the Chronograph Pro watch face which is new in watchOS 7.
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    Apple has dropped support for Force Touch in watchOS 7. Developers have been told to update their apps to allow for this.
    An example of Force Touch is when you press hard on the home screen and get a menu that allows you to choose between grid view and list view for your app display. Now, to change between grid view and list view you have to open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to App view and make your selection there. The change can no longer be done on the watch itself.
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    Can you still add and edit watch faces on the watch, or does that need to be done through the app too?
     
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    You can still customize and add or remove watch faces on the watch.
     
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    Apple now allows sharing of watch faces with others. The person receiving the shared watch face can install it on his Apple Watch.
    To share a watch face, long press on the watch face and press the share button then add the contact information for the recipient and a message. BTW, Customize is now called Edit.

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    I’ve just learned that you can switch the home screen between grid view and list view by going to Settings>App View on the Apple Watch and choosing which one you want. It’s still slower and less efficient that the quick and easy method using Force Touch.
     
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    I understand that Apple is abandoning Force Touch on the iPhone, and that they want to be consistent across platforms, but I’m still sad. The watch was the one place I used it enough that it’s become habit.This will take a while to get used to. When it happens, that is.
     
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    Since updating to watchOS 7 beta I’ve found myself trying to do things the old way and having to do them over the new way. In many cases this means the operation take extra steps and more time.
     
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    Later this month Apple will, for the first time, release a public beta of watchOS. This will be the watchOS 7 public beta. Installation of watchOS 7 public beta requires that your iPhone be running the latest version of iOS 14 beta, either public or developer. There are probably many who will want to try out the beta but extra caution is advised. Unlike iPhones, iPads, and Macs you can’t restore an Apple Watch to a previous version of the operating system if you decide the beta release isn’t for you. You’ll have to send your Apple Watch to Apple to be restored to the latest public release version of watchOS. It would be best to try the beta on a second Apple Watch if possible. watchOS 7 requires a series 3 or later Apple Watch.
     
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    I’ve waited until the full release of iOS14 before updating my Apple Watch Series 4 to Watch OS7. I’m now finding that I have to charge my watch every day, whereas before OS7 I was able to stretch it to 2 days.
    I’m not overly worried, since I have a Series 6 watch on order.

    Anyone else see a greater battery drain with OS7?
     
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    Try restarting the watch. It’s not uncommon for there to be extra battery drain right after an update.
     
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    Cheers, I’ll give it a go


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    Noticed a similar drain on mine, though, to be fair, I’ve been using it more than ever before since I upgraded it. I’ve been checking everything out - only possible while it’s on your wrist. That probably accounts for a significant portion of the extra battery drain I’m experiencing. No S6 for me....I’m saving for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.


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    I did try resetting, but seems to have made no difference. Was getting almost 2 days from a full charge, but now only getting a day and and a half at most.
    Not that worried as I’m trading in for a Series 6 which is supposed to arrive on 1st Oct.
     
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    Ok.

    For what it is worth, there have been other complaints on blogs and such. The current workaround seems to be to un-pair the watch from the phone and re-pair it. This can take quite a while since it involves backing up the watch and restoring from the backup.

    That said, looks like there is a bug update available for WatchOS 7 already. This might fix the issue.
     
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    Well, after receiving my Series 6 watch last Monday, I’ve noticed that I’m not getting as good battery life as I did with my previous Series 4.

    It’s about half to two thirds of the life I was getting, however I’ve not seen any change in battery life on my iPhone XR like some have had since iOS14 and WatchOS 7. Unfortunately the latest WatchOS 7.0.1 update didn’t solve it.

    I’ve also read, like twerppoet has stated, that Apple have suggested that if you do have battery problems with the Watch using the new OS7, that you ‘unpair’ your watch and back up your phone to iCloud, then restore the watch using the new backup.

    I’ve just done the above, and altogether it took about 30 minutes to complete the process. I suspect Apple will soon release an update to try and alleviate the situation, however in the mean time, for me it’s just a case of wait and see if the restore’s made any difference.
     
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    The always on display causes significant battery drain. Try turning it off to see what improvement you get. To do that open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to Settings>Display & Brightness and turn off the Always On switch.
     
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    I did try restarting my AW4, and the battery drain is distinctly reduced. I now have between 50% and 40% at bedtime - 9:30pm in the evening, from 3:30am in the morning.
    I guess a maximum of 60% power used over 18 hours - with regular use - including during commuting as a music remote controller for my Bose QC35 BT headphones - and more use than ever before at work - is still within acceptable parameters


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