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watchOS 10 release date: When is the next update releasing for the Apple Watch?
Arguably the best smartwatches you can buy, Apple Watches are as good as it gets for iPhone users. Along with anticipating the upcoming Apple Watch Series 9, many users are also eager for the company to introduce watchOS 10. Read on to find out everything we know about the most likely watchOS 10 release date, pluse more details about what which watches will have access to new watchOS 10 features.
Apple will release watchOS 10 in September 2023, alongside this year's Apple Watches launch. A Developer Beta for watchOS 10 is already available for developers, and a Public Betas arrived in July 2023. We do not recommend Developer Betas or Public Betas to average consumers.
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When will watchOS 10 be released?
Apple officially announced watchOS 10 on June 5, 2023. However, the first stable software won’t be released to the public until this year’s upcoming Apple Event in September. As of now, rumors point to September 12 for the event’s official date, though Apple has yet to confirm.
Apple typically releases a new watchOS simultaneously with each Apple Watch series so it makes sense for the software to land on the same day as the Series 9. Other devices expected to launch are a potential Apple WAtch Ultra 2 and a new iPhone 15 series.
If you cannot wait to try out watchOS 10, there are betas you can check out in the meantime. But be warned, these releases are very buggy. They are meant to be a testing ground for app developers to test their apps and try out the APIs. They are not intended to be used by average users, as features break frequently. If you rely on your Apple Watch for critical functions, we advise against installing the update.
Which Apple smartwatches are getting watchOS 10?
Apple has the best software support in the industry, but the company is not entirely immune to tech obsolescence. Sometimes older hardware is too old to deliver an ideal experience, making it imperative to drop support. Thankfully, the situation remains good for this round of releases, as all Apple Watches that support watchOS 9 will be upgraded to watchOS 10. Here is the complete list of smartwatches getting updated to watchOS 10:
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch SE (2022)
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Ultra
In order to access the software update, you will also need a supported iPhone running on iOS 17.
Finally, though we’ve heard rumors of an Apple Watch X in the works, we don’t expect to see the device land this year. It’s more likely it will arrive on the tenth anniversary of the lineup and introduce an even newer watch OS update.
Is there a watchOS 10 beta?
Yes, Apple released a watchOS 10 beta that can be installed on any of the smartwatches listed above. For the beta, you don’t need to be running iOS 17 betas. The beta profile for the watch will be visible as a download option on iOS 16.4 in the Watch app.
Apple also opened up the developer beta to all developers. You no longer need to pay an annual fee to join the Apple Developer Program just to get a beta profile to load onto your Apple devices. You simply need to register on the Apple developer website for free.
A strong word of caution, though: once you install the beta on your Apple Watch, there is no way to downgrade back to stable. You can only move forward in releases, so you will have to wait and upgrade to the watchOS 10 stable release if you are unhappy. This is not ideal as many betas feature critical bugs. As mentioned, we do not recommend that average users install the watchOS 10 beta on their primary Apple Watch.
To update to watchOS 10 beta, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and navigate to My Watch > General > Software Update > Beta updates. Here you can choose from the available Developer betas to install.
No, watchOS 10 is most likely to launch in September 2023. Until then, you can try the watchOS 10 Developer Beta or a Public Beta to get a taste of the new update, though we do not recommend doing so as the update needs polishing.
Once the software becomes available, you can update your device in the Watch app on your paired iPhone. From the My Watch tab, tap General > Software Update.
Apple Watches Series 3 and older no longer receive new watchOS software updates.