Purchased 2x Apple Watch series 3 for Christmas presents for the family (thanks to ozbargain). Both recipients have an iPhone 6.
Christmas Day and excited children try to pair their new Apple Watch to the phone and it won’t work. Instead they get a message their phone is out of date.
The Apple Watch series 3 has been working fine with the iPhone 6 for 2 years. This isn’t a hardware issue. Instead Apple have simply crippled the Watch with a software update so it no longer will work to force consumers to upgrade.
Is there any way to install watchOS 5 again?
(And before anyone suggests it, no I can not afford another $2000+ to buy them a new model iPhone instead - the iPhone 6 is a good phone and still working well, no need to upgrade)
Alternately I am going to have to try to return them. There was nothing in store about this change in compatibility. I spoke to the salesman at length and he didn’t mention it. The box doesn’t flag this change other than in very small print on the back which has ios13 required buried in the middle of a paragraph about box contents etc.