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.
apple 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 watch faces (including one with extra-large numbers) will arrive.