Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2 miss out on watchOS 7

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watchOS 7 on Apple Watch
It's the end of the line for some.
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WWDC 2020 Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 owners will miss out on Apple’s big watchOS 7 upgrade this fall. The new release, which brings sleep tracking and watch face sharing, is compatible with Series 3 devices or later.

The watchOS 7 upgrade is yet another big one for Apple Watch. It might not bring support for third-party faces (which we’ve all been asking for), but it does make Apple’s faces more customizable. And there’s more.

The update also adds a new Sleep app, helps you ensure you’re washing your hands properly, adds new workouts, improves Siri, and more. But sadly, not every Apple Watch owner is going to get it.

watchOS 7 for Apple Watch 3 and up

Since Apple’s big WWDC 2020 keynote, we’ve discovered watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and later. That means Series 1 and 2 devices, which were compatible with watchOS 6, are out in the cold.

Apple doesn’t drop support for devices like this without good reason, so it’s likely some of the new features in watchOS 7 rely on more powerful hardware. Newer Apple Watch models feature dual-core S-series chips; that in Series 3 is around 70% faster than the S2 chip in Series 2 models.

This is disappointing for older Apple Watch owners, then, but it’s necessary to keep watchOS moving forward.