Latest in Gear

Image credit: Jon Fingas/Engadget

The original Apple Watch won't get watchOS 5's fancy new features

Pour one out for Apple's first smartwatch.
240 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Jon Fingas/Engadget

Heads-up if you own an original Apple Watch: your wristwear is officially obsolete. Apple has confirmed that watchOS 5 will drop support for the first-generation Watch and will require at least a Series 1 timepiece. Like it or not, you'll have to upgrade to new hardware if you want automatic workouts or Walkie Talkie chats. It's a relatively short support lifespan for an Apple device (iOS hardware tends to receive support around for four to five years), but it's not entirely surprising. If anything, Apple is repeating history.

If you'll remember, the original iPhone also had a relatively short software lifespan. Its last update arrived in February 2010, or less than three years after the device hit the market. And like that iPhone, the initial Apple Watch just wasn't well-equipped for the future with a pokey processor and a dearth of hardware features. This may be less about pushing users to new hardware as it is being realistic -- recent versions of watchOS were already struggling a bit on the first-run model, and the situation wasn't going to get better with time.

Follow all the latest news from WWDC 2018 here!

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
240 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

View
Lawmakers urge the FCC to seek public input on T-Mobile / Sprint merger

Lawmakers urge the FCC to seek public input on T-Mobile / Sprint merger

View
YouTube Originals will be free to watch starting on September 24th

YouTube Originals will be free to watch starting on September 24th

View
Nintendo will replace a newly purchased Switch with newer model

Nintendo will replace a newly purchased Switch with newer model

View
Amazon sent 20 order confirmations to the wrong people

Amazon sent 20 order confirmations to the wrong people

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr