Apple Watch offers more powerful hardware and tweaks to the design. But the most significant upgrades to the feature set come via watchOS software updates, which are free – you just have to install them on your device.
watchOS 6 Release Date
watchOS 6 will be announced and demonstrated at WWDC 2019 in June. A few days later a pre-release beta testing version will be made available for developers only (there has never been a public watchOS beta), and this will evolve through subsequent point updates leading up to the final public release in the autumn – probably September 2019.
watchOS 6 Compatibility
The Series 3 and Series 4 are both safe and will be able to update to watchOS 6. And the Series 5, which we expect to launch at the same time, will have it preinstalled.
watchOS 6 Features
- App Store access on-device means you’ll be able to update and install new apps without using the Watch companion app on the iPhone.
- Transplanted apps from iOS include Voice Memos, Apple Books (for audiobooks), and the Calculator app.
- New apps including Dose for pill reminders and Cycles for tracking menstrual cycles will be introduced.
- New Complications (including ones for showing the battery life of hearing aids, rainfall data, and external noise) and new watchfaces (including one with extra-large numbers) will arrive.