In addition to various other operating systems and some devices, Apple presented the new watchOS 10 for the Apple Watch on Monday. The innovations that are to come to compatible Apple smartwatches from autumn 2023 include widgets, color adjustments in the world clock overview, new display options in the fitness app, new functions for maps and hiking navigation, etc. One wonders but: Is my Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 10? Here you will find the answer to this question as well as further information from the WWDC23 keynote.
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These Apple Watch models are compatible with watchOS 10
Looking at the watchOS 10 compatibility list, there are fewer surprises than with macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Basically, compared to the models, compatible with watchOS 9, no changes. Accordingly, these Apple Watch models are compatible with watchOS 10:
- Apple Watch Series 4 (2018)
- Apple Watch Series 5 (2019)
- Apple Watch Series 6 (2020)
- Apple WatchSE (2020)
- Apple Watch Series 7 (2021)
- Apple Watch Series 8 (2022)
- Apple Watch SE 2nd Gen (2022)
- Apple Watch Ultra (2022)
Apple points out that not all functions of the new system can be used with all smartwatches mentioned. Older watches and the slimmed-down SE version cannot be used with functions that require newer hardware. Some watchOS uses are also limited to the Apple Watch Ultra. It is also important to know that an Apple Watch with macOS 10 requires an iPhone with iOS 17 – compatible with iOS 17 are iPhones from 2018 (XR, XS, SE 2nd Gen, and newer).
When to install the watchOS 10 upgrade?
The official version of watchOS 10 intended for all users will be released in autumn 2023. It may be that Apple will roll it out after the September event. However, it is also possible that the upgrade will not be available until October or November. That depends on when the new Apple Watch models will be presented and when you can buy them. Because the new system will certainly be brought onto the market again in parallel with the new devices. If you can't wait, you can use a public beta.
Learn more about watchOS 10, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14 and more
Now the question should Is my Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 10? be sufficiently answered. If you also want to know what's in the new system, what innovations are coming to the iPhone, the Mac and the iPad or what's up with the apple vision pro then take a look here: WWDC23 Keynote Summary - Operating Systems, Macs and MR Headset. If you are interested in the new Apple computers, then have a look here: 15″ MacBook Air, Mac Studio 2023 and Mac Pro 2023.
Official information about watchOS 10 from Apple
The source for the list of Apple Watch models compatible with watchOS 10 is by the way this preview page. This is provided by Apple to provide a preview of watchOS 10. On the page you will find numerous screenshots, descriptions of new features, videos and animations, the list shown above, information about compatible devices such as the iPhone, apps from watchOS and links to other preview pages and the beta program. So if you want to take a look at watchOS before the official release, you can install the public beta. I'm waiting for the fall and the official upgrade.
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