Apple’s first redesigned Apple Watch rumored to miss watchOS 11 | Technology

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It feels like just yesterday when Apple continued to sell 2017’s Apple Watch Series 3 despite it not receiving an already announced watchOS update. Fortunately, Apple hasn’t repeated that mistake again. Instead, we’re merely looking at the predecessor to that Apple Watch potentially missing support for the next major watchOS release.

watchOS 11 may drop Apple Watch Series 4

That’s according to iPhonesoft.fr, which expects watchOS 11 to run on Apple Watch Series 5 and later. That would mean 2018’s Apple Watch Series 4 would top out at watchOS 10.

Not bad considering Apple Watch Series 3 topped out at watchOS 8.8.1. And to reiterate, the problem with the Apple Watch Series 3 wasn’t that Apple kept providing software updates for it years after release. That’s great! It was just that Apple kept selling it … even when watchOS 9 was released in beta and confirmed not to support it.

The good news is Apple can’t repeat that misstep here because the Series 4 hardware has long been discontinued. Apple now positions the Apple Watch SE as the entry level model, and the company is already on the second generation of that model.

Without an always-on display, the Apple Watch SE is a bit like the Apple Watch Series 4. They share the same design, too, but Apple Watch SE 2 has a different processor.

But wait, what about Series 5?

That brings up an interesting point. Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 basically have the same processor. Would Apple really drop an Apple Watch model from software updates while supporting a year newer model with virtually the same chip?

Common sense says no, but Apple sense says absolutely! For one,…

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