Apple showed off watchOS 9 during the WWDC 2022 keynote. For the first time, not only is the company bringing a ton of features to the Apple Watch, but it looks like Apple has finally learned to ditch the Apple Watch Series 3, because the five-year-old laptop won’t handle it. future operating system.
It’s been at least a year since 9to5Mac reports why Apple should stop selling Apple Watch Series 3. With a small screen, fewer sensors, an older processor, and internal storage limitations, Series 3 owners have struggled for years, especially when trying to update the watch to a new version of the operating system.
As with the iPhone, iPad and Mac, Apple has decided to continue supporting the Apple Watch Series 3, but limiting the number of features available. Now, finally, the company has said that watchOS 9 will not be available for this model.
Curiously, even though the Apple Watch Series 3 won’t get watchOS 9, Apple is still selling it from its online store only stating that it won’t support the latest software update. It looks like Apple wants to get the most out of this product before discontinuing it later this fall, when the company not only announces the Apple Watch Series 8, but also a second-generation Apple Watch SE, and an Extreme Sports Apple Watch.
Why the end of Apple Watch Series 3 means watchOS 9 can finally shine
With the loss of support for the Apple Watch Series 3 by watchOS 9, Apple can finally ditch the smaller screens. As you can see with the watch facesApple has revamped a lot of the old ones so they now look better on the new 41mm and 45mm screens, while adding more complexity to them, thanks to new processors.
If you have a Apple Watch Series 7 and try out some of the older Watch Faces on watchOS 8, you’ll see how offbeat they look, without being fully optimized. With the Series 3 gone, Apple fixed that. In addition, Apple has even revised the notification system, which is now similar to that available on the iPhone.
For me, it feels like watchOS 9 fixes the issues. For example, watchOS 8 introduced the sleep app, but it only provided some information about your sleep schedule. Now Apple is preparing an appropriate application with information you want to know about the rest period. Previously the Health app brought many new functions, such as cycle tracking, now watchOS 9 brings a Medicines app which helps you track all the pills and vitamins you take each day.
watchOS 9 also offers deeper functionality Focus mode integration, more languages available with the QWERTY keyboardand even QuickTypewhich brings word prediction to the Apple Watch for the first time.
Focusing on a bigger screen also makes the Apple Watch more useful with watchOS 9. Apple has revamped the Workout app. For runners, there is a new Training views that I just need to turn the digital crown to see a lot of measurements available during my run
- activity rings
- Heart rate zones
Even for other exercises, watchOS 9 will also show at least the calories burned plus the activity ring.
Additionally, watchOS 9 allows me customize my workout adapting the work and recovery intervals to my training style. I can receive alerts for pace, heart rate, cadence and power. With instant feedback, I know if I am on the right track to achieve my goal. Thanks to the dynamic stimulation, it helps me know if I need to push a little more. Also, for the first time, watchOS 9 supports multi-sport workouts.
I honestly think watchOS 9 is the biggest update for the Apple Watch in years and the main reason is that the Apple Watch Series 3 is definitely going away. I know this is a very affordable wearable for those who just want an Apple device to track their daily activities, but with new watches coming and so many new technologies available, Apple is making the right choice to support watchOS 9 only for new watches.
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