We’re just a couple of months away from WWDC 2023, and while all eyes will be on the debut of Apple’s long-rumored VR/AR headset, the real dark horse of the event could be changes to the company’s wearable operating system: watchOS.
“I believe the new watchOS should be a fairly extensive upgrade — with notable changes to the user interface,” he writes.
Gurman doesn’t elaborate on what to expect from these UI changes, but the very fact that Apple is planning something at all in this area is significant. Previous watchOS upgrades have seen new watch faces and tweaks to the way owners interact with their device, but nothing dramatic.
But Gurman is very clear about the reason that Apple is looking to rework the operating system now. It’s “important” for watchOS to make big strides, he writes, “given that the Apple Watch hardware updates will be anything but major.”
Apple Watch Series 9
That’s disappointing but unsurprising. With just over four months until the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9 are expected to launch, leaks and rumors about the latter are virtually non-existent, suggesting a near-identical look and little to write home about in the way of new features.
The big question for watchOS 10’s “fairly extensive upgrade” is what it means for compatibility. With watchOS 9, Apple finally ended support for the venerable Watch Series 3, and a significant UI shift could potentially see a similar end of the road for the Apple Watch Series 4 and first-generation Apple Watch SE if it’s especially CPU intensive.
We’ll know soon enough. Apple has announced that WWDC 2023 will kick off on Monday June 5, so we’ll hopefully get our first glimpse of the new interface then.