Today is the day we will not only see the release of iOS 13, but also watchOS 6 for the Apple Watch. However, and for the first time in the history of this operating system, the launch will be done in two parts: this very afternoon for the Series 3, 4 and 5 models and “later” for the Series 1 and 2 models.
This means that the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 are compatible with watchOS6, but will not receive this update today . They will do so later, as the same official company website says in its small print. The reasons are not very specific but can be deduced: the effort for the older models of the Apple Watches to be optimized for watchOS 6 is bigger.
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Upgrading the operating system of a watch is relatively new in the world of technology, but as with all other devices everything depends on the requirements of that system and the specifications of each watch model. Because of the same specifications and hardware limitations, for example, the Apple Watch Series 0 is not compatible with watchOS 6 . Neither now nor later.
Let’s review the raw and hard specifications of the remaining Apple Watches that are or will be compatible with WatchOS 6:
Apple Watch Series 1
Apple S1 28nm, Dual Core 520 MHz Cortex-A7
Apple Watch Series 2
Apple S2 16nm, dual-core 780 MHz Cortex-A7
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple S3, dual core
768 MB (not confirmed)
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple S4, dual core
Apple Watch Series 5
Apple S5, dual core
The RAM memory and the frequency of the chips is something that is not available in later models, but we can still think that it increases with every model of Apple Watch that goes on sale. The dilemma is that watchOS 6 is a system that has appeared designed to take advantage of the hardware and sensors of the most modern watches, so to make it compatible with Series 1 and 2 models you have to make an extra effort to “cut it out” .
In other words, Apple must have found that the watchOS 6 is running slower on Watch Series 1 and 2 and will be “optimizing” the system to work better with its lower specifications. That’s what implies an extra waiting time for its launch . It is true that Apple could have done a joint launch on all their devices, but with all the work of the new services they must not have arrived on time. And as I always say, it is better to wait for a launch of something that does not fully satisfy consumers. In addition, I think it’s a good thing here too that Apple is making this effort and not simply leaving the Series 1 and 2 models with watchOS 5.
For those of you who have an Apple Watch Series 3, 4 or 5 you will have watchOS 6 throughout this afternoon along with iOS 13 (surely between 17:00-19:00 in peninsular Spain ). As soon as Apple confirms the release date of watchOS 6 for the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 we will inform you promptly.