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WatchOS 8 brings new functions and uses for the Apple Watch. Apple demonstrated this impressively yesterday during the WWDC21 keynote. But is my Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 8? Which smartwatches from Apple will be upgraded to the operating system for 2021/2022? You can find the answer to this question in this guide. I have also put together some information about the system, the new functions and links to the articles about iOS for iPhone and macOS for Mac.
The list of models of Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 8 is the same like watchOS 7. Although not all functions will be fully available on all generations of the watch, the basic structure in the form of the operating system will be available for the following devices:
For example, always-on apps and the always-display in general can only be used with the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6. The new smartwatch (probably "Series 7") will also support these features with a high degree of probability. There are other restrictions, for example, with the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE, because they do not have the necessary hardware to use the ECG feature. Of course, this must be taken into account if you want to upgrade your current Apple Watch to watchOS 8 or buy a new Smartwatch from Cupertino.
With watchOS 8 there are new ways to compose messages. For example, the sending of photos and GIFs was taken care of. Photos also play a role in the revamped sorting and viewing options. In addition, portraits can be set as watch faces, a 3D effect is created because part of the time is placed behind the heads / heads of the people. You can use several timers at the same time, keys and ID documents go into the wallet, and notifications can be managed with Focus. There will also be a contacts app for the Apple Watch. You will get more information in my WWDC21 keynote summary and in the official preview.
In addition to my text, which I've garnished with a few screenshots, you can also watch yesterday's kick-off event for Apple's developer week as a video here in the blog. In the following you can find the recording embedded.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.