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Apple will no longer support these popular Apple Watch models following new update

Apple will no longer support these popular Apple Watch models following new update

Some users might want to upgrade to get the newest features.

Rumours have been swirling the web about the anticipated Apple Watch Series 10.

People are already speculating it to have a thinner design, with a bigger screen size and more advanced biosensing capabilities.

While at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC24) earlier this month, the tech giant announced an update for its Apple Watches: watchOS 11.

The new software will be available as a public beta next month, with the official launch in 'fall 2024.'

However, not all Apple fans will be able to access it.

As a result of the upcoming upgrade, Apple announced that it will no longer support three older models of its smartwatch: the Apple Watch Series 5, Series 4 and the original SE (launched in 2019).

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MacFormat Magazine / Contributor / Getty

Owners of these will not be able to download watchOS 11.

Apple quietly confirmed the end of support for these older models during its WWDC, placing the announcement at the bottom of a lengthy press release that detailed the new wrist tech.

They wrote that watchOS 11 will be available 'as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 6 or later paired with iPhone Xs or later.'

This also means that there will be a lack of updates for the older smartwatches, so certain functionalities may be limited and they may become slower and more glitchy over time.

With lack of up-to-date software also results in less security so older smartwatches could potentially be more at risk of security threats.

So, users might want to consider upgrading for the fastest tech and top-notch security.

MacFormat Magazine / Contributor / Getty
MacFormat Magazine / Contributor / Getty

The new Apple Watch operating system introduces a new app called Vitals, which quickly analyses and monitors health metrics such as wrist temperature and respiratory rate.

What's more, mental health assessments and walking steadiness will also be available for users during pregnancy.

Earlier this year, Apple announced that it would remove a central feature of its smartwatches after a long-standing dispute with health tech firm Masimo.

Legal proceedings led to a temporary ban on Apple Watch sales due to claims that Apple infringed Masimo’s patents with its pulse oximetry feature.

In January, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Apple could no longer sell future versions of its smartwatch with the feature.

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