Commentary: watchOS 9 is Apple Watch’s biggest update in years

Apple previewed watchOS 9 during the WWDC 2022 keynote. Not only is the company bringing a ton of features to the Apple Watch for the first time, but it looks like Apple has finally learned how to let go of the Apple Watch Series 3, as the five-year-old wearable won’t support its upcoming operating system.

It’s been at least a year 9to5Mac reports why Apple should stop selling the Apple Watch Series 3. With a small screen, fewer sensors, an old processor, and internal storage limitations, Series 3 owners have struggled for years, especially when trying to update the Watch to a new version of the operating system.

As with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Apple decided it would continue to support Apple Watch Series 3, but limit the number of features available. Now, finally, the company stated that watchOS 9 will not be available for this model.

Strangely enough, although the Apple Watch Series 3 won’t get watchOS 9, Apple still only sells it in its online store stating that it does not support the latest software update† It appears that Apple is looking to take advantage of this product as much as possible before it shuts down later this fall, when it is rumored that the company will not only Apple Watch Series 8, but also a second-generation Apple Watch SE and an Apple Watch for extreme sports.

Why does the end of the Apple Watch Series 3 mean watchOS 9 can finally shine?

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With the Apple Watch Series 3 losing support for watchOS 9, Apple can finally ditch smaller screens. As you can see with the Watch facesApple has revamped many older ones so that they now look better on the new 41mm and 45mm displays, as well as make them more complex, thanks to newer processors.

If you’re a Apple Watch Series 7 and try some of the old watch faces on watchOS 8, you’ll see how bad they look, without being perfectly optimized. Now that Series 3 is gone, Apple has fixed that. In addition, Apple has even revamped the notification system, which is now closer to the system available on the iPhone.

To me, it feels like watchOS 9 is tying up loose ends. For example, WatchOS 8 introduced the sleep app, but it only provided a few tidbits about your sleep schedule. Now Apple is preparing a good app with information you want to know about the period that you rest. Previously, the Health app brought many new features like Cycle Tracking, now watchOS 9 brings a Medicine app that helps you keep track of all the pills and vitamins you take every day.

watchOS 9 also offers deeper Focus mode integration, more languages ​​available with the QWERTY keyboardeven QuickTypebringing word prediction to the Apple Watch for the first time.

watchOS 9 workout app

Focusing on a bigger screen also makes the Apple Watch much more useful with watchOS 9. Apple revamped the Workouts App† For runners there is a new one Training Views that all I have to do is turn the Digital Crown to see many of the available stats during my run

  • Activity Rings
  • Heart rate zones
  • Current
  • Elevation

Even for other exercises, watchOS 9 will also display at least the calories burned plus the Activity Ring.

In addition, with watchOS 9 . I can customize my workout by tailoring work and recovery intervals to my training style. I can receive pace, heart rate, cadence and power alerts. Of Instant feedback, I know if I am on pace to reach my goal. Thanks to dynamic pacing, I know if I need to push a little more. For the first time, watchOS 9 also supports multisport workouts.

Packing up

I honestly think watchOS 9 is the best update to the Apple Watch in years and the main reason is that Apple Watch Series 3 is gone for good. I know it’s a very affordable wearable for those who just want an Apple device to keep up with their daily activities, but with the new watches coming soon and so many new technologies available, Apple is making the right move to bring watchOS 9. only to support newer watches.

What do you think of watchOS 9 and Apple no longer supporting Apple Watch Series 3? Share them in the comment section below.

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