We’re getting closer and closer to watchOS 9, but sadly Apple Watch Series 3 users will have to sit this update out.
The Apple Watch Series 3, which was released nearly five years ago, isn’t receiving the next update. It looks like this new software will only be available for the Series 4 watches and onwards.
While this is bad news for Apple Watch 3 users, it’s not a shock. The third generation currently supports watchOS 8, but even on this software, certain features aren’t supported – for example, the Portraits watch face.
What does this mean for Apple Watch Series 3 users? And what does watchOS 9 offer? Keep reading to find out.
Why Is The Apple Watch Series 3 Missing Out?
Released in 2017, the third series is sadly not receiving the watchOS 9 updates. The press release for this update states it will only be available for Series 4 or later paired with the iPhone 8 or later.
This is frustrating news, but it doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s common for older smartwatches to stop receiving new updates, especially as Apple’s later watches are equipped with different monitors and hardware.
A key example is the automatic cycling detection feature. This watchOS update requires generation motion sensors only found on Series 6, 7, and SE.
Why Choose An Apple Watch Series 3?
You might be wondering what the advantages of an Apple Watch Series 3 are. Though this watch is older, it’s still equipped with health and fitness features to keep you on your toes.
However, the key pull to this older smartwatch is the price. Retailing for $199, the Apple Watch Series 3 is far cheaper than other Apple Watch Models. The latest model, the Series 7, starts at $399 – almost double the price.
It’s important to note that the Series 3 will likely be discontinued in the near future, though. As with other generations, Apple slowly phases older smartwatches out. So, if you’re on the lookout for a budget Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is a budget-friendly option with premium features.
What Does watchOS 9 Offer?
Curious about the latest software update? Here’s what Series 3 users will be missing out on.
- AFib detection
- A new Medications app
- Running metrics
- Multisport workouts for triathletes
- New watch faces
It looks like some seriously impressive updates are on the horizon. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your Series 3 watch, now might be the time.
We’re looking forward to the AFib feature in particular. With recent FDA approval, this new heart monitor is here to help you monitor complex heart conditions. Find out how here.
The Bottom Line
Sadly, this update might signal goodbye to the Apple Watch Series 3. But, all good things have to come to an end! Will you be downloading watchOS 9 in the fall? Let us know what you think.
Last Updated on June 9, 2022
Isobel is a freelance copy and content writer who regularly contributes to Superwatches. Well-versed in all the ins and outs of the smartwatch industry. Isobel specializes in Fashion and design and is a First Class fashion design graduate.
Currently lives in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.