watchOS 11 unprecedentedly rolls back support for 3 Apple Watches, confirmed
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watchOS 11 unprecedentedly rolls back support for 3 Apple Watches, confirmed

Apple announces new software for its devices once a year, at the World Wide Developers Conference. This took place on Monday June 10 and confirmed precisely the information that had previously leaked. This report from a reliable source indicates that more and more Apple Watches will lose support for the next version of watchOS. It is now confirmed: three watches will not benefit from the advantages of watchOS 11.

Updated June 11 with an analysis of why so many watches have been discontinued amid reports of advanced features.

The watches you will have to do without are the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE generation. And more information has been revealed about why support for these watches will be discontinued.

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As Tom’s Guide points out, in a report captioned “We didn’t see this coming,” it says: “The compatibility details at the bottom of Apple’s watchOS 11 press room announcement told us taken by surprise. Although this decision makes sense when given some context. Before the Apple Watch Series 9, the Apple Watch Series 6 was the last Apple Watch to feature a performance-enhancing processor. With the kinds of new Apple Watch upgrades coming in watchOS 11, it’s very possible that earlier chips won’t be able to properly handle the processing demands. After all, more and more watch features and apps use machine learning.

And many new features are coming to watchOS 11, such as the ability to pause your activity rings, to avoid wiping out your long accumulated streak because you need a day off, for example. There’s also new insights into your workouts with Training Load and a new app called Vitals, which shows your health metrics in a snapshot.

According to MacRumors, the report comes from a private X account with a strong track record for these kinds of details.

Joe Rossignol says: “The leaker who revealed this information has a private account on build for Apple’s software updates in the past. »

So, which three watches will not be supported? Unsurprisingly, these are the ones that were released earliest in the current compatibility list.

That’s a lot of watches to lose from the list at once, right? But on closer inspection, it’s not as surprising as it seems. The Series 4 was powered by the S4 chip while the Series 5 includes the S5 chip. But although they are different, both have the same processor at their core, so the performance is considered similar. And the first-generation Apple Watch SE also uses the same S5 chip.

In other words, the processing power of all three is about the same and was first released in September 2018 on the Apple Watch Series 4, so almost six years ago.

As always with operating system updates, it’s important to note that the watches will all continue to function, keeping time with devilish accuracy, but they will remain with the current watchOS 10 software.

Although no new features are added, if there are security issues, Apple can still fix them, with the new watchOS 10 security updates.

All watches with the S6 chip or later will access watchOS 11 when it is released. They are: Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch Series 7, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch Ultra, and Apple Watch Ultra 2. The second generation Apple Watch SE is also on the list, as it is powered by the S8 chip.

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