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Apple's third-generation smartwatch, with optional cellular connectivity, released September 22, 2017.

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Do I need to upgrade my iPhone 6 to set up my new Apple Watch?


I am getting a new Apple Watch Series 3, but I have an iPhone 6. This only runs iOS 12, and I am buying from John Lewis in the UK. Will I need to upgrade my phone to be able to set up and use my watch?

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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6 or later with iOS 11 or later. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) requires an iPhone 5s or later with iOS 11 or later.


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Thank you! Just the latest watchOS seems to nee iOS 13, is that correct?


To set up and use your Apple Watch, you need an iPhone with the latest version of iOS. watchOS 6 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and later. Upgrading to watchOS 6 requires an iPhone 6s or later running iOS 13 or later.


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Yes thank you. My Apple Watch arrived today and also had to upgrade to SE from my iPhone 6. I was planning on upgrading anyway at some point.


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