Do we have to be on the beta for this to work? Just purchased a 2020 iMac with the T2 chip.
Correct, 7.7 is the version that adds this feature and it is currently in beta.
@rudy do we have an ETA of when this will come to an official release?
We don't pre-announce release dates I'm afraid. "Soon." You're welcome to try the beta if you'd like to give it a try, though I would caution that betas can have sharp edges and not everything in a beta is guaranteed to make the final release:
@Ben Thanks for following up. I completely understand, is there any chance of data loss with the beta? If not I am ok working with beta releases but not if there is a chance of data loss.
Betas are generally low risk. This particular one has been out since September 2 with no reports of data loss.
Just to confirm, this feature requires a Mac with a T2 chip or a Mac with either a T1 or T2 chip?
Mac with a T1 or T2 chip, running Catalina (macOS 10.15) or later
Apple Watch running WatchOS 6 or later.