watchOS 10: Everything you need to know about the next Apple Watch update.


WatchOS 10

watchOS 10 is Apple’s upcoming operating system for Apple Watch models.  The watchOS interface has yet to undergo significant updates since its introduction, with Apple continuing to utilize the same icon-based grid view as the primary method for accessing apps.

Well, this year, things might change with the watchOS 10 update. According to several rumors, Apple is expected to bring significant changes with the new OS, including an updated interface.

In this article, we will have a look at watchOS 10 by analyzing the leaked information and rumors. Our goal is to give you the most precise and recent information about the watchOS 10.

When should we expect watchOS 10?

Apple is expected to reveal watchOS 10 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, specifically during the keynote event on June 5.

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After the unveiling, developers will be able to access watchOS 10 on the same day, while public beta testers can expect to receive it in the summer. The new watchOS is slated for a fall release, which will coincide with the launch of new Apple Watch models.

It’s worth noting that, other than the WWDC date, Apple still needs to confirm the rest. But Apple has a very predictive pattern of how they release their OS updates.

And based on these patterns, here’s the schedule we expect for watchOS 10:

  • June 5: Official announcement of watchOS 10 and developer beta.
  • July: Apple releases the first public beta.
  • June-September: Apple releases a series of betas.
  • September: Apple rolls out the first public version of watchOS 10.

Which Apple Watches will support watchOS 10?

WatchOS 10 will likely run on the Apple Watch Series 4 and all subsequent models.  This is consistent with the compatibility of its predecessor, watchOS 9, but we won’t know for sure until WWDC.

Apple dropped support for the first-generation Apple Watch upon releasing watchOS 5 in 2018. The company then dropped support for the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 with the release of watchOS 7 in 2020.

When Apple announced watchOS 9 in 2022, they dropped support for the Series 3. Given this trend, watchOS 10 will not discontinue any additional models, and the Series 4 will likely continue to be compatible for another year.

That said, here are the Apple Watches that received watchOS 9 last year:

  • Watch Series 4 (2018)
  • Watch Series 5 (2019)
  • Watch SE (2020)
  • Watch Series 6 (2020)
  • Watch Series 7 (2021)
  • Watch SE (2022)
  • Watch Series 8 (2022)
  • Watch Ultra (2022)

Rumored new features

Apple is not known for having frequent leaks in their operating system and software, especially when compared to their hardware leaks. However, we have received some insider information from trustworthy sources about what to expect from watchOS 10.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, watchOS 10 will offer a significant overhaul with noticeable changes to the user interface. Gurman also suggests that the upcoming operating system features will compensate for a less impressive year of hardware updates.

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This is because the Apple Watch already got its huge update with the release of the Apple Watch Ultra.

watchOS 10 could bring a new Home Screen

leaker, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has disclosed information about the potential new features in watchOS 10. According to the anonymous leaker, one of the potential new features in watchOS 10 is a redesigned grid-like Home Screen layout.

Rumored new Apple Watch watchOS 10 Home Screen
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We are not sure whether this redesign will completely replace the current designs or if it will be an additional option for users. The new Home Screen layout could feature a grid of three apps in a row. Notably, the leaker also stated that Apple intends to make watchOS 10 more user-friendly by incorporating folders and making it more similar to iOS.

A new AI-powered coaching service

Mark Gurman from Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently developing a coaching service code-named Quartz, This service encourages users to exercise regularly, improve their dietary habits, and enhance their sleep patterns.

The service will use artificial intelligence (AI) and data obtained from the Apple Watch to develop coaching programs customized to individual users’ needs.

How to install the beta and full version of watchOS 10

Installing watchOS 10 on your Apple Watch will be simple once it is available. To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone.
  • Navigate to the My Watch tab. Select General > Software Update.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • You may need to update your iPhone beforehand.

You’ll need to join Apple’s Beta Program to test out the beta version of the operating system. It’s important to note that some features on your Watch might break when testing the beta version.

Apple Watch features I want to see

A feature I would love to see on Apple Watches is the availability of a Recovery Mode. At the moment, there’s no way to take a break from workouts without losing Apple Watch activity streaks. We all know that rest days are equally important, so it would be nice to have a dedicated mode for such days.

Another feature I’d want to see is the availability of the Notes app in the Apple Watch. This would make referencing your Notes or shopping list so much easier. The app would likely synchronize with the Notes app on your iPhone through iCloud.

That’s all we have for now but we’ll keep you posted once we get new leaks on watchOS 10.

What features would you like to see with the watchOS 10? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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