WatchOS 2 compatible with iOS 8.4?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ralpa, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. ralpa macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Even though WatchOS is not released yet, I just read that WatchOS will require iOS 9 to update to WatchOS 2. Is that true?

    Since I do not want to update my iPhone 5s to iOS 9. I am wondering if this is possible: use another iPhone with iOS 9 to update my apple watch, then reset the watch and pair with my iPhone 5s with iOS 8.4?

    Thanks guys :)
     
  2. lagwagon Suspended

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    Probably won't work. Because you use the Apple Watch App on the phone to do a lot of things. I wouldn't doubt if the watch app in iOS 9 is a newer version in itself than it is on iOS 8.4.1. Which would not be able to work at all with a watch on watchOS 2 since the version in 8.4.1 wouldn't have watchOS 2 support.
     
  3. ralpa thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks man. Actually I thought of that too. Since they updated the map app in the watch so probably it won't be compatible with iOS 8.4 which has the older version of map. I am just trying luck cuz I really don't wanna risk to update my iPhone 5s to iOS since it took me quite some work to make the battery lasts a day now.
     
  4. Mengels7 macrumors regular

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    No, WatchOS2 will not pair with a phone running anything less than 9.0. Been like this since the start of the beta.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    You need iOS9 to run (and install I believe) watch OS2.
     
  6. ralpa thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the confirmation :)...
    Guess now it has become a hard choice for me: update to watchOS 2 to enjoy more but risk to lose battery life with iPhone 5s iOS 9 or keep the same thing...
     
  7. Gregintosh, Sep 17, 2015
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    Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    I don't see it as a win-lose situation at all, as iOS 9 runs more efficiently than iOS 8 on older phones. Don't go by beta reviewers as that code is different. Your iPhone 5S will run fine.

    If you don't go iOS 9 you'll also miss out on enchanced notes, Siri, and other stuff.
     
  8. Rorosbutt macrumors regular

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    I wonder what will happen when someone who is still on iOS 8.x and the watch comes with watchOS 2 already installed out of the box. It's just a matter of time that the watch will come stock watchOS2
     
  9. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    What will happen is they'll have to upgrade to iOS 9.
     
  10. ralpa thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah. The enhanced notes is the function I expected the most.

    Also the third party app in watchOS 2. Since I don't always pair my watch with my phone so that will be good for me.
     
  11. Julien macrumors G3

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    It could be the :apple:Watch won't pair and you get a splash saying you need to update to iOS 9 in order to pair.
     
  12. bigolyt macrumors newbie

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    I'm running 8.4 on my 6 plus and just got an apple watch that has os2 on it. My iPhone has the apple watch "app" but you're right it wants me to upgrade to 9 to pair it. Makes no sense to me. And is honestly pretty lame.
     

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