Apple has public lists in which we can check which products are old and which are already obsolete. If the latter occurs, computers that fall into that category will no longer officially receive technical support or repair. So if you are one of the first users of Apple Watch, or you have an older model, in this post we will see how the situation is.
Category Differences Are Important
When we’re buying an Apple product, we expect it to be useful for as long as possible. However, we must point out some differences that are important in front of devices that have been on the market for more years. To begin with, you need to know that a device that is no longer updated does not mean that it is obsolete. The following are the Apple Watches that support watchOS 9 (current version, in the absence of watchOS 10):
- apple watch series 4
- apple watch series 5
- apple watch series 6
- apple watch series 7
- apple watch series 8
- apple watch se
- apple watch ultra
Apple Watch models from Series 1 to Series 3 no longer receive software updates. However, they will only be considered officially obsolete devices at the time Apple decides to introduce them to the list. However, before they are part of “Vintage”, they have another list of “Older Products”. This is the last step so to say. These are terminals that have been on the market for years, but still aren’t good enough to take off. And only those that have been withdrawn from sale once more than seven years have passed are considered obsolete.
¿Apple Watch Old and Outdated?
On May 8, 2023, Apple updated its list of older and obsolete devices. As of now, there is no Apple Watch that is on the list of obsolete products. But there is a list of Apple Watch that the brand already considers to be outdated devices. These are the following:
- Apple Watch 1st generation, 38mm.
- Apple Watch 1st generation, 42mm.
- Apple Watch Series 2, with aluminum case, 38 mm.
- Apple Watch Series 2, with aluminum case, 42mm.
A special case is the Apple Watch Series 3. This model no longer receives software updates, but it is also not on the list of obsolete products (and certainly not on the list of obsolete products). Even if it doesn’t get more systems, that doesn’t mean it won’t be fully functional with everything it currently has in both hardware and software.
If we go to check the official Apple technical service, we will see that the estimated prices appear for models ranging from Apple Watch Series 3 to Apple Watch Ultra. However, this does not mean that models considered “older” cannot receive technical support. They’ll only stop receiving this support when Apple considers them obsolete, and it’s only a matter of time who will be the next to join these lists.