watchOS 7 was released to the general public last week, adding new features to the watch face, support for sleep tracking, and much more for Apple Watch models from the Apple Watch Series 3. However, some Apple Watch Series 3 users report various issues since installing watchOS 7, including random reboots, poor performance, and more.
There is a thread on Apple’s support forums dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners who express their frustration with device performance since installing watchOS 7. One of the most common complaints seems to be that the Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 7 randomly reboots several times a day:
I̵7;ve been doing several reboots a day since the update. It asks me for my passcode and shows blank activity statistics. Never had a problem like this on Watch OS6 or earlier, but there has to be an additional update from Apple to fix this problem?
Several Apple Watch Series 3 users describe watchOS 7 as the “worst” watchOS update Apple has released so far.
My Series 3 did an automatic update for Watch OS7 overnight. Today it shut down at least three times, locked on the wrist about four times, failed to load complications on multiple faces (weather, activity rings, date, etc), and disconnected from my phone at least twice. This was the most buggy upgrade I’ve ever seen.
There is another thread on the MacRumors forums devoted to Apple Watch Series 3 owners who express frustration with watchOS 7, including complaints about random reboots, lagging performance, and more.
Two things make these ailments even more noticeable. First, there’s no way to downgrade a watchOS 7 update, which means these Apple Watch Series 3 owners won’t be able to downgrade to watchOS 6. WatchOS 7.0.1 was released as a bug fix update this week, but users report that it doesn’t solve their issues.
Second, Apple is still selling the Apple Watch Series 3 as part of its Apple Watch lineup, even if it seems like aging hardware is struggling to keep up with the new features of watchOS 7. This could also affect the availability of future software updates like watchOS 8 for the Apple Watch Series 3.
It is currently unclear how widespread these issues are, but judging by the volume of complaints, the issues should already be on Apple’s radar. Have you encountered 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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