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Rumor has it that watchOS 11 will end support for the Apple Watch Series 4

By Hartley Charlton

Apple's upcoming watchOS 11 update will drop support for the 2018 Apple Watch Series 4, according to iPhoneSoft.


After five years of receiving the latest software updates, the Apple Watch Series 3 lost support when watchOS 9 was released in 2022. Last year's watchOS 10 update was compatible with all the same Apple Watch models that come with watchOS. 9, but a new rumor claims watchOS 11 will drop support for Apple's oldest currently supported smartwatch: the Apple Watch Series 4. The full list of compatible devices for watchOS 11 is as follows:

  • Apple Watch Series 5 (2019)
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (2020)
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (2021)
  • Apple Watch Series 8 (2022)
  • Apple Watch Series 9 (2023)
  • Apple Watch SE (first generation, 2020)
  • Apple Watch SE (second generation, 2022)
  • Apple Watch Ultra (first generation, 2022)
  • Apple Watch Ultra 2 (2023)

Apple Watch Series 4 debuted alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in 2018, featuring the device's first-ever redesign, a larger display, double the storage, fall detection, and ECG capability.

Last year, iOS 17 came out with support for the iPhone X, but iOS 18 is rumored to support all the same models as its predecessor. Apple is expected to unveil watchOS 11, iOS 18 and other next-generation software updates at WWDC on June 10. The updates will likely be released to the general public in the fall.

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