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Apple Watch might sync to iPad and Mac with watchOS 10


Apple Watch Series 7
The Watch app might soon be available for iPadOS and macOS, too.
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watchOS 10 will remove a major limitation of the Apple Watch, according to an unconfirmed report. The smartwatch supposedly will be able to synchronize with iPad and Mac, not just iPhone.

Apple Watch slowly becoming more independent

When the Apple Watch debuted in 2015, it was essentially useless without an iPhone. But it’s become somewhat more independent over time. And it’s supposedly about to be less tied to iPhone, if not other Apple devices.

“Apple Watch will sync across multiple iOS/iPadOS/Mac devices, and will no longer be tied to one single iPhone,” according to a tipster who calls themselves @analyst941 on Twitter.

If true, it will mean that Apple Watch users won’t need to own an iPhone. That might become important because, as time goes on, the wearable itself is increasingly evolving into an iPhone that one wears on a wrist.

In that same vein, the Health app currently available only on iPhone supposedly will make the jump to iPad this year.  The application compiles health and fitness data from Apple Watch, which could soon be viewable without needing a handset.

Expect ‘major’ changes in watchOS 10

Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman recently predicted that the upcoming watchOS 10 will be a “major” update with an “updated interface.” However, he offered no specific details.

analyst941 said a week ago that the new Apple Watch interface might be a grid layout for applications, describing it as “much easier to use, move, & act more familiar to iOS, including folders.”

We’ll surely learn more in June when Apple unveils watchOS 10 at WWDC23, alongside iOS 17, macOS 14, iPadOS 17 and tvOS 17.


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