watchOS 7 was released to the public last week, bringing new watch face features, sleep tracking support, and more to Apple Watch models that date back to the Apple Watch Series 3. Some Apple Watch Series 3 users, however, report various issues from installing watchOS 7 including random reboots, poor performance, and more.
In Apple’s support forums, there is a thread dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners expressing frustration with the device’s performance since installing watchOS 7. One of the most common complaints appears to be that Apple Watch Series 3 will randomly restart several times a day with watchOS 7 installed:
I̵7;ve had several reboots a day since the update, it asks me for my passcode and shows blank activity stats. I’ve never had a problem like this before on Watch OS6 or earlier, surely there needs to be an additional update from Apple to fix this?
More Apple Watch Series 3 users refer to watchOS 7 as “the worst” watchOS update Apple has released so far.
My Series 3 has completed an overnight auto update for Watch OS7. Today it shut down on its own at least 3 times, froze while on my wrist about 4 times, failed to load complications on multiple faces (weather, activity ringtones, date etc), logged out of my phone at least two times. This was the best update I’ve ever seen.
On the MacRumors forums, there is another thread dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners expressing frustration with watchOS 7, including complaints of random reboots, slow performance, and more.
Two things make these complaints even more notable. First, a watchOS 7 update cannot be downgraded, which means Apple Watch Series 3 owners cannot downgrade to watchOS 6. watchOS 7.0.1 has been released as an update for this bug fix week, but users report that it hasn’t solved their problems.
Second, Apple still sells the Apple Watch Series 3 as part of its Apple Watch lineup, although it appears that outdated hardware may have a hard time keeping up with new watchOS 7 features. This could also have implications. for future availability of software updates, such as watchOS 8, for Apple Watch Series 3.
At this point, it’s unclear how prevalent these issues are, but judging by the sheer volume of complaints, the issues are likely already on Apple’s radar. Have you experienced any of these issues with your Apple Watch Series 3 since updating to watchOS 7? Let us know in the comments.
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