Now that WatchOS 10 is officially available for the Apple Watch, you might want to know what models support the software update. WatchOS 10 brings in a lot of new features alongside improvements to the user experience.
There’s a big focus on glanceability to allow users quick access to their most important information. And this takes form in the new Smart Stack feature and the redesigned Apple apps, which now take up more space on the screen to make things easier to see. Apple Fitness+, Name Drop, offline maps and much more are coming to the watch. You’ll also need an iPhone XS running on iOS 17 to use WatchOS 10. Thankfully, iOS 17 is going to be available on loads of iPhone models. So there shouldn’t be too much worry about not having a phone that’s compatible.
With that said, here’s what you’re looking at for watch support with the new software.
WatchOS 10 will support most Apple Watch models
If you have an Apple Watch, you’re likely to get the new WatchOS version. Only the oldest watches won’t be compatible because Apple isn’t updating them anymore. As mentioned earlier you will need to have an iPhone that’s running on iOS 17 in addition to a compatible watch. And that’s any iPhone that’s an iPhone XS or later, with the iPhone XS having released in 2018.
That matches up exactly with the oldest watch Apple will update to this new software. The Watch Series 4. Other compatible watches include the Watch Series 4, Watch SE, Watch Series 6, Watch Series 7, Watch Series 8, Watch Series 9, Watch Ultra, and finally the Watch Ultra 2. Not all features will be available on all devices of course. Some of the older watches will not get access to some of the newest features. For example, the double tap gesture is only supported on Apple’s newest watches. The Watch Series 9 and the Watch Ultra 2.
Rest assured though, if you have one of the watches listed above, you’ll be able to update to WatchOS 10.