At WWDC 2023, Apple rolled out major updates to its software portfolio. From iPhones to Macs and iPads to Watches, all devices get new updates with a variety of additional features. This is especially true for the watchOS 10 update coming to the Apple Watch.
The upcoming Apple Watch operating system includes redesigned apps, a variety of new watch faces, and a new Smart Stack to display relevant widgets just when they’re needed. Apple is also adding features to make use of speed sensors and cadence sensors, which are useful for cyclists. There are new Compass Waypoints and Maps features for hikers. Plus, the Mindfulness app will now offer additional tools to support mental health.
But will you be able to take advantage of all these new features? If you have an Apple Watch launched in 2018 or earlier, we have some bad news.
Here’s every Apple Watch getting watchOS 10
The big news here is that Apple is dropping support for the Apple Watch Series 3. The 2018 model will no longer receive updates and will miss out on watchOS 10. If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer paired with an iPhone Xs or newer, you’re eligible for the update.
Here is a list of Apple Watch models compatible with watchOS 10:
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch SE (both models)
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Ultra
The Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5 and 1st Generation SE miss out on the Time in Daylight feature, which is intended for parents to keep track of their children’s time in the sun to protect them from developing nearsightedness (also known as myopia). All other watchOS 10 features are available across the aforementioned lineup.
The developer beta of watchOS 10 is already available to members of the Apple Developer Program. Apple no longer allows you to install beta versions with profiles, so you’ll have to wait for the public beta to be available next month if you want to try watchOS 10.
The update will be available “in the fall”, probably in September, with the launch of the rumors Apple Watch Series 9.