watchOS 7 Only Compatible With Apple Watch Series 3 and Later

The watchOS 7 update that Apple introduced today brings exciting new features like Sleep Tracking, handwashing tracking, and a new watch face sharing option, but the new software is compatible with a limited number of Apple Watch models.

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watchOS 7 will work with the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, and later models, but it won't be compatible with the Apple Watch Series 1 or the Apple Watch Series 2. Apple also says that not all features will be available on all Apple Watch models.

These older Apple Watch models will be limited to watchOS 6 and will not be able to take advantage of the new features coming in watchOS 7.

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BittenApple Avatar
52 months ago
Apple Watch 3 is the new iPad 2
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
honglong1976 Avatar
52 months ago
Phew! Finally sleep tracking and I have a series 3 AW and also get iOS 14 with having a 6S :)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
52 months ago
Seems like a fair cutoff, considering how cheap the series 3 is these days.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nattK Avatar
52 months ago

Phew! Finally sleep tracking and I have a series 3 AW and also get iOS 14 with having a 6S :)
Provided sleep tracking is available on the Series 3. A watch might run the latest software but not all its features (e.g. noise notifications in watchOS 6)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Duophonic Avatar
52 months ago
Great, obsolete watches. It’s inevitable. Time to pawn.
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PhilMacbook Avatar
52 months ago
You mean my gold Apple Watch 1 won't run the latest software? What a swizz ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)