WatchOS 5 will drop support for old apps, with a new warning message featuring in WatchOS 4.3.1

If you are running the latest WatchOS 4.3.1 beta, you might have noticed a new alert when opening an app that hasn’t been updated since WatchOS 1. This follows the drop of 32GB app support in iOS 11. This is a major tease that Apple might drop support for apps in WatchOS 5. Apps that ran on WatchOS 1, relied on the iPhone and a slow Bluetooth connection, which six months later with the introduction of WatchOS 2, Apple vastly improved support for apps that relied less on the iPhone and more on the Apple Watch.

Over the past year, we have seen major companies drop their Apple Watch apps instead of updating them with the reasons being that development costs too much or their userbase is too small. So all in all, dropping support for WatchOS 1 apps is a good thing so new users on the Apple Watch don’t have to suffer the slow unreliability of that specific app. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or contact me on Twitter, @Kainmonty.