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WatchOS 8 release date, features, concept, and more

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WatchOS 8 release date, features, concept, and more. While the rumor mill suggests that iOS 15 is gearing up to be a major upgrade, watchOS 8 seems to be no less impressive either.

Apple tends to release one major software update a year for iPhone, iPad, and Watch, with smaller updates pushed throughout the year. The next big update for Apple Watch is expected to be watchOS 8.

So are you eager to know what the next version of watchOS has in store for us? Here is everything we know about watchOS 8 ahead of the official launch, including release date, all-new feature leaks and rumors, compatibility, and more.

Here is everything that has been heard so far, giving us a good idea of what to expect from the next iteration of watchOS. 

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watchOS 8 release date

Apple is set to unveil watchOS 8 alongside macOS 12, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and tvOS 15 at the much-awaited WWDC 2021 developer conference that kicks off June 7 and will continue until June 11. 

Following the conference, we expect a developer beta of the watchOS 8 software to be made available, with the public release then coming early September, around the time the Apple Watch Series 7 is expected. Apple will eventually roll out watchOS 8 to the public this fall (September or early October).

Which Apple Watch Models are compatible with the WatchOS

In what could be good news for many Apple Watch owners, watchOS 8 will most likely support all the devices currently running watchOS 7. That means you will get watchOS 8 update even on your Apple Watch Series 3 that launched back in 2017.

As the company still sells the Apple Watch 3, there is a high chance it won’t be left out, at least this year. Here is the list of all supported Apple Watch models that will get the watchOS 8 updates:

watchOS 8 features (Rumors)

There haven’t been a huge amount of rumours relating to what watchOS 8 could bring as yet, though as mentioned above, we expect to find out a couple of the features coming later this year, during WWDC in June.

There has been some talk of blood glucose and alcohol monitoring coming to the next Apple Watch, which would of course see some form of app or feature added to the fitness app on the Apple Watch if this came to fruition.

Apple is also bringing AssistiveTouch for watchOS that will enable users with upper body limb differences to use Apple Watch without having to touch the display or controls, but this may appear in an update before watchOS 8.

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