I’ve been using the new Apple Watch Series 6 since it was first announced on September 15. It’s spectacular, and easily the best smartwatch I’ve used (though, be warned, Apple, there are rivals such as the Withings ScanWatch and Fitbit Sense which are brilliant, too).
In the time I’ve been using it, and my time with the public beta of watchOS 7, I’ve found lots to love, and few things I don’t care for. I’ve been testing Apple Watch SE as well, and most of the items below apply to the new, more affordable Watch, too. Where the features refer to any Watch with watchOS 7 (the others are Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5), I’ve said so.
Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 3
Honestly, this is top of my list: it’s one of the most brilliant things.
Of course, like you, I’m more careful to wash my hands thoroughly than ever before, and now, Apple’s helping me. To be clear, other smartwatches have hand-washing timers but they routinely require you to turn them on to use them. Not Apple, which recognized that such a requirement would be death to the success of the feature. After all, washing your hands is something one does without thinking, so I guarantee the first moment most people would think of turning on such a timer would be when their hands were frothy and wet with soap suds.
No, Apple does this thinking for you. You must turn this feature on, it’s not on by default. But once you’ve done that, you’re set.
Then, the Watch looks out for the familiar movements you make when washing your hands, the tipping forwards and back, sliding palms together and so on. To be clear, it’s not looking out for other movements so if you’re the sort of person who rubs their hands with glee (in which case, who are you, some silent movie stereotype baddie?) then the Watch will ignore it.
But as soon as the right movement is spotted, the…