It has been more than 3 years since the release of the original Apple Watch, also commonly known as Watch Series 0. The device that brought Apple into the world of modern wearables received 3 major updates, however now it looks like it is the end of the road for the 3 year old device.
With the announcement of watchOS 5, Apple has essentially killed any hopes of original Apple Watch of getting the new software updates post watchOS 4.x.x. Apple has already seeded developer beta for watchOS 5, however the Series 0 Apple Watch is not on its compatibility list.
Here are the Apple Watch models that support watchOS 5, and will be getting the major software update once it is released for public in the fall.
- Apple Watch Series 1
- Apple Watch Series 2
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
While it might seem like a disappointing news for the owners of original Apple Watch (myself included) the decision is probably for the better. With its ageing hardware Series 0 was barely able to run apps or support built-in features. This was due to the fact that Apple designed the device with weak internals to begin with that included a single core processor in the original device. The company came to its senses and added a dual-core processor in Series 1 and 2, which perform much better than the original model.
With Series 0 out of the picture, Apple should have more power to play with and hopefully will use it to add more useful features in future updates of watchOS. As for us Series 0 users, there’s still hope of a redesigned Apple Watch Series 5 coming later this year.