WatchOS 6 on S1/S2


bigbucksnowhammies

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I have also searched for news about the series 2 running on the the new OS with no luck.

As we all are aware, apple tends to slow down the performance in older hardware with every new OS. So, the Question is: how much?

Anyone?
 

Crowbot

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Only the developers have it now so we prolly won't hear much till it's out for real.
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As we all are aware, apple tends to slow down the performance in older hardware with every new OS. So, the Question is: how much?
Not really fair to Apple. They're not taking active measures to slow older hardware. But they write the OSs to take advantage of the latest hardwire and the older stuff has to struggle to keep up. I'm impressed at how far back they maintain compatibility.
 
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Crowbot

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I’m not terribly optimistic. I know this latest watchOS made my Series 1 a whole lot slower, borderline maddening.
I know. I have a S2 and it's not as fast as it used to be. Progress? ;) I think I'll see what they do with the next version and trade up. I want the ECG and fall detection functions.
 

mirv

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I’m running watchOS 6 on a Series 2. It is slow - many apps take quite a long time to launch. Sometimes a reboot fixes that for a while. There is something wrong with the “standing up” sensor. If I do not stand, it congratulates me for standing anyway and I get various awards for always standing. (Maybe it’s just pandering...) Battery life is reduced - it often runs out of juice in the evening. I’ve had problems with Apple Pay but that might be a bug affecting all models. The Cardiogram app for heart monitoring doesn’t seem to be able to load its data and display graphs.
 
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I’m running watchOS 6 on a Series 2. It is slow - many apps take quite a long time to launch. Sometimes a reboot fixes that for a while. There is something wrong with the “standing up” sensor. If I do not stand, it congratulates me for standing anyway and I get various awards for always standing. (Maybe it’s just pandering...) Battery life is reduced - it often runs out of juice in the evening. I’ve had problems with Apple Pay but that might be a bug affecting all models. The Cardiogram app for heart monitoring doesn’t seem to be able to load its data and display graphs.
Thanks for posting your experience - not looking good for the S1 or S2...
 

mirv

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Thanks for posting your experience - not looking good for the S1 or S2...
Well to be fair, one would think that most if not all of these problems will be resolved by the end of the beta. I have been diligently reporting them to Apple using the Feedback App, and I hope and assume others have been also.
 

iPhysicist

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Progress? No. Planned obsolescence.
The 4 and 1 have worlds in between them. Its Like core 2 duo and 286. Planned obsolescence is a myth. I had a 0 before the 4 and it was slow from the start. But as most people I want the watch to evolve and it will only do if it’s apps can evolve with it. You need some processing power with it and fast Bluetooth too. Neither 0, 1, 2 nor 3 have it. You will get more years from the 4 or soon 5 as you will have from the 1 you have now. It’s been that way since the beginning of the age of technology.
 

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I’m running watchOS 6 on a Series 2. It is slow - many apps take quite a long time to launch. Sometimes a reboot fixes that for a while. There is something wrong with the “standing up” sensor. If I do not stand, it congratulates me for standing anyway and I get various awards for always standing. (Maybe it’s just pandering...) Battery life is reduced - it often runs out of juice in the evening. I’ve had problems with Apple Pay but that might be a bug affecting all models. The Cardiogram app for heart monitoring doesn’t seem to be able to load its data and display graphs.
Are the app launches considerably slower compared to WatchOS 5?
My S2 has tons of issues on WatchOS 5 - mainly around reminders and calendars. Events from Exchange (Office 365) don't always show up, including reoccurring events. Reminders randomly show zero, which is very frustrating as I use reminders app for shopping. Phone app barely ever works - I will hit answer the call, but my iPhone will continue to ring until the call goes to a voice message.

I am staying optimistic that WatchOS 6 doesn't bring the performance on S1/S2 to its knees cause I can't deal with these random issues anymore and I am hoping that WatchOS 6 will fix them.