On Monday, Apple announced watchOS 6 at the WWDC Keynote. The newest Apple Watch operating system update, which arrives this fall to the public, offers several new features, including Activity trends, Cycle tracking, the App Store and more. Here are the Apple Watch models that support the new OS:

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

watchOS 6 compatibility

Apple has stated that watchOS 6 will work with the following models:

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4

These are all the same models that supported the previous watchOS 5, so if you're running watch OS 5 right now, you know you can download watchOS 6. Just like the previous version, watchOS 6 will not be supported on the original Apple Watch — sometimes referred to as Apple Watch Series 0.

You also need iOS 13

The developer beta for iOS 13 is available. The public release is arriving sometime in July (we'll have more info on that as it becomes available). And the final public release of iOS 13 is arriving sometime in Fall 2019. You need an iPhone that is running iOS 13 to run watchOS 6, but what devices are able to run iOS 13? Here's the full list:

  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod Touch (7th Generation)

If you do not see your device listed here, that is because it is not compatible with iOS 13.

Excited for watchOS 6?

What feature in watchOS 6 has you the most excited? Let us know in the comments below.

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