Apple’s WWDC 2022 live stream has ended and we’ve seen for the first time all the updates coming to our iPhones, iPads and MacBook devices. This includes the first look at watchOS 9 and all the features available in the new operating system for Apple Watch smartwatches.
And there are some amazing new features for the new Apple Watch operating system. This includes making you a better fitness partner with training options like the triathlon-focused mode that will allow you to automatically switch between swimming, cycling and running in real-time.
In addition to fitness, there will soon be new health options, including medication tracking. You can create medication lists manually or use the iPhone camera to scan a label and automatically add the medication to your existing list.
Apple may even look into potential drug interactions that could cause problems. The Health app can warn you about substances that may react badly with your medication, such as alcohol.
But which devices will support watchOS 9 at launch and have access to these and other features?
Which devices support watchOS 9?
Apple said watchOS 9 is coming “this fall” (read September to November). This free update will be available on Apple Watch 4 and later. More specifically, this includes the following smartwatches:
You’ll also need to pair it with an iOS 16 compatible iPhone. That means you’ll need:
What about people who use an Apple Watch 3 or older?
If you’re not using an Apple Watch 4 or later, you’ll miss out on all the updates that come with watchOS 9, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace it right away.
While it doesn’t offer the same fitness and health support, your old Apple Watch 3 will continue to perform as well as ever. Over time, you may encounter some compatibility issues as watchOS 9 and iOS 16 integrate more closely (leaving older operating systems behind), but generally your device will continue to work.
You may want to consider any security concerns that come with using older devices. Hardware and software that have been available longer are more likely to be opened by hackers as they will have more experience finding your vulnerabilities.
Those of you now looking for an upgrade might want to check out the best Apple Watch deals we could find. The most cost-effective option will likely be the Apple Watch SE. You might find a deal on a refurbished Apple Watch 4 or later too, if you don’t mind reusing someone else’s old (but still working) technology.