Apple cuts three Watch series from major software update

Some Apple Watch owners will be left without the latest software update.

This week, Apple revealed the novelties and updates that its products will include during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

During the conference, people learned more details about Apple’s upcoming software updates, including the watchOS 11 update for the Apple Watch.

Together with the details about the update came the news that some Apple watches won’t be getting the latest watchOS 11 update. These include Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, and Apple Watch SE 1st generation.

Apple Watch Series 4 was released in 2018, while Series 5 came out in 2019. The Apple Watch SE's first generation was launched in 2020.

“watchOS 11 will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 6 or later paired with iPhone Xs or later, running iOS 18,” shared the company.

Support for these watches is being discontinued because, with such major software updates, the chips of earlier devices won’t be able to handle the processing load.

The new update will contain several new features, one of which is the Vitals app. This app will show users their health metrics, including heart rate, temperature, and sleep patterns.

The new iOS 11 will be equipped with additional features that won’t require a phone. One such feature is the Translate app, which will allow users to translate from 20 supported languages.

The latest software update will also include a security feature known as Check In. The app lets friends or family members know where the user is during a walk or run outside.