The watchOS 6 update is coming to your Apple Watch today. This free update for the Apple Watch brings a load of new features to your watch and changes how it works with macOS 10.15. This is what you need to know about the free watchOS 6 update.
This new Apple Watch update includes exciting new Apple Watch features and it finally delivers a proper Apple Watch app store so that you can easily find new apps designed specifically for your Apple Watch.
watchOS 6 Release Date & Time
Some of the new features, like the enhanced macOS connectivity, won’t arrive until October. Apple will deliver the macOS 10.15 update sometime in October.
New watchOS 6 Features
Apple showed off a collection of new Apple Watch features that are coming as part of the watchOS 6 updates this month. Here are some of the biggest new features that are coming to the Apple Watch.
- Apple Watch App Store
- New Health Apps – Dose, Sleep and Cycles
- New Watch Apps – Calculator, Voice Memos, Audio Books
- New Complications – Hearing aid, audiobook status, rain info, noise info
- New Apple Watch faces – X-Large and California
Here’s a closer look at the new watchOS 6 features.
watchOS 6 Beta
Apple offers a developer watchOS 6 beta specifically for professional users to test the new features and to develop apps for the watchOS 6 update.
At this point, you shouldn’t try the beta, just wait for the official release date.
watchOS 6 Compatibility
Apple dropped support for the first-generation Apple Watch with watchOS 5 last year, and there is no change in that policy. The oldest Apple Watch is still not supported.
The good news is that the watchOS 6 update is still coming to all of the current Apple Watch models from series 1 and up. This will obviously pack in the most benefits on the Apple Watch Series 4, but older models still gain a few new features.
Apple Watch 5
Apple announced a new Apple Watch Series 5 this month. It offers a compass, an always-on retina display and international emergency calling to name a few features.
Read on below to learn about the new Apple Watch 5 features, and click here to learn where you can buy the Apple Watch 5.