Watch OS 3 with iOS 9?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Crystal Shadow, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. Crystal Shadow macrumors newbie

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    I have an app I want to experiment with making that would only be possible in Watch OS3. I dont mind my watch being a bit buggy, but the same is not necessarily true for my phone. Given that you can not downgrade the watch, if I went back to ios9 on the phone I do not want my watch to be a brick until iOS 10 is stable enough for me to use.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    wOS 3 has features that require iOS 10 to work. There is no way and no chance Apple would code wOS 3 to be backwards compatible with iOS 9.
     
  3. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000

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  4. cariacou macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it would brick it. Worst that could happen is your watch becomes a simple watch (does not connect to phone, but still shows time & other offline stuff)
     
  5. lagwagon Suspended

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    The iPhone your watch is paired to needs to have iOS 10 installed for the watch to even acknowledge there even is a watchOS 3 update (along with installing the watchOS 3 beta profile onto the watch.)

    So I doubt it's possible at all for you to do what you're asking.
     
  6. Crystal Shadow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im on iOS10 right now, but may decide to downgrade later.

    Im going ahead and taking the risk. I usually join the beta anyways, and now I have a good reason to.
     
  7. GenesisST macrumors 68000

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    Not unexpected, but I would have liked to keep my phone on iOS 9. Will live with the simulator for the time being, I guess.
     
  8. gabriellefunk macrumors member

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    I upgraded to both iOS 10 and watchOS 3 to try out for 24 hours. I liked playing with them, now I'm getting ready to downgrade back to iOS 9.3.2 and will send my Watch to Apple for them to downgrade for me. I'm wondering if they are going to charge me for shipping? I have AppleCare on it, but I know that AppleCare doesn't cover software. Will they charge me at all?
     
  9. Julien macrumors G3

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    Hope so and Apple should. Betas are not toys to play with for a couple of hours on a whim. They are serious releases for developers and testers used to help identify bugs and enhance feature sets.
     

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