Apple Watch Series 3 owners deal with random reboots in watchOS 7

Joanna Estrada
September 28, 2020

While there are ways that Apple could eventually address this, there's no simple way forward as long as the user doesn't have a personal iPhone to record this data on, since Apple likely wants to avoid running afoul of privacy issues that could arise from recording one person's health data on someone else's device. This has been the buggiest upgrade I have seen.

On the Apple support forums, users are reporting their experiences since the watchOS 7 update. I have tried repairing the watch, rebooting, and hard rebooting it to no avail. If I could I would go back to WatchOS 6. "This is the worst Watch OS release I have ever seen". And since Apple Watch users can not downgrade back to watchOS 6, Apple will need to find a cure to disseminate and do it quickly.

Regardless, the Series 3 is still just as important as its newest smartwatches, given that it's compatible with WatchOS 7.

One user has a solution though. To do this, on your iPhone open the Watch app and tap the tab on the lower left of the screen that says My Watch. Just remember that the Heart Rate Monitor is the product's most well-known life-saving feature. "Also, I only had this watch for only a month this is a brand-new watch", writes Bp91x. And now that the new budget-friendly Apple Watch SE has joined the family, it makes us wonder whether the company plans to discontinue the third-generation watch next year. Eli Hodapp, VP of business development at mobile video game platform GameClub, also made a trade this week, tweeting that Apple is "swapping out my band and prioritizing replacements so they will ship way faster than the store shows". And the AirPods dominate the competition in its category.

The Apple Watch SE starts at only $279 and it offers an incredible amount of value for first-time Watch owners, or those who are upgrading from an older Apple Watch (Series 0, 1, 2, and 3 primarily). It's also unclear if the problems affect Series 3 watches bought directly from Apple with watchOS 7 already installed. While Apple tends to discontinue its previous-generation model the minute a new Apple Watch is announced, it has yet to phase out the Series 3, in an apparent effort to keep a more basic and affordable wearable in the lineup. We will pass along the information when such an update is released. And looking ahead to next year, Apple will probably decide to cut the Series 3 from the list of devices eligible to receive watchOS 8.

It's only been a few weeks since Apple officially released the final version of its latest operating system, which packs some helpful new features like sleep-tracking, Siri Shortcuts, and hand-washing detection, to name a few.

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