After announcing watchOS 5 today, Apple has shared the hardware requirements for the latest operating system for its wearables.
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It’s not surprising, but Apple has indeed cut off support for the first generation Apple Watch (often called Series 0). Spotted by Kyle Gray, watchOS 5 will require a Series 1, 2, or 3 device.
As the first gen. Apple Watch was released in April of 2015, users will have had just under three and a half years running current software. This includes anyone who shelled out $10,000-$17,000 for an Apple Watch Edition.
Of course users will be able to continue using their Series 0 Watches with watchOS 4, but there are a myriad of updates arriving with watchOS 5. In addition to a big software update, many will likely be tempted to upgrade by LTE models and also the next generation Apple Watch(es) that are expected to launch this fall.
I’m still using a first gen. Watch myself, but am excited to upgrade to a new model this fall and take advantage of the brand new features like Activity Competitions and Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5. Overall, I feel like I got a lot of good use out of it and am happy to upgrade after 3+ years.
How about you? If you’re still using a first gen. Apple Watch, are the new features arriving with watchOS 5 enough to make you upgrade? Were you already planning on picking up a newer model anyway? Or will you stick it out for longer with the aging hardware? Share your thoughts in the comments below!