Buy Now or Wait?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by EmbraceTheOne, Mar 25, 2016.

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Buy Now or Wait?

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  1. EmbraceTheOne macrumors 6502a

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    Should I buy now, or Wait?

    A college Buddy and I have been wanting Apple watches from the start. Should we buy now, or wait? How long till the next Apple watch, September?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

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    I'd wait. I got mine at launch, and it's just too uncertain as to what the long term strategy is for the watch at the moment. I'd see what Apple is going to do in September.

    Right now, they haven't advanced the software enough (in my opinion), the platform as a whole feels stalled (very few apps that are worthwhile), and the hardware is slow. I find myself getting very annoyed frequently when Siri doesn't work or I sit waiting for the watch to respond. It's the only Apple product I've ever gotten that I'm not totally sold on. Granted, the first iPhone is the only 1st generation device I've ever had of apple's.
     
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    One could easily argue that on the original iPhone they hadn't advanced the software enough (no copy and paste, MMS, etc.) and it was too slow (EDGE speed), with no apps to boot.
     
  4. Ludatyk macrumors 65816

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    If your interested.... Give it a try.

    I suggest don't pay full retail, go to Best Buy or somewhere that has it discounted.
     
  5. Nell macrumors regular

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    I'd say buy it. Try it. If it's not for you, or if first generation limitations irritate you, return it. No-one knows whether there'll be a second generation version later this year or not but this one won't stop working if there is.

    I know my watch is very far from a necessity but I like having it and wouldn't be without it. I'm pretty sure that if I lost mine, I'd buy a new one straight away.
     
  6. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    I had a long horrible debate about this in another thread, but it's up to you.
    Apple has a knack of updating devices each year and the Apple Watch was up for Pre-order in April with a release in March. That being said, they may push this all off until June unless another keynote is coming up soon.
    Other people are arguing that it's jewelry and it will just be OS upgrades for a while before they release the next version.

    If you get an Apple Watch you won't be disappointed, especially with Apple Pay and reading text messages (replying still kind of sucks), but ultimately if you are the type of person who has to have the latest and greatest, it's going to be up to you, whether or not you gotta have it now! or you just want to wait.

    No regrets on my purchase, debating on what the next model offers, I may or may not update.
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    We haven't gotten any real rumors in the past few months that they'd release the AW2 at this time (if that's what you meant). Instead, rumors were spot on that we'd only get refreshed bands.
     
  8. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

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    The thing nobody seems to be talking about is how this delayed launch of the Apple Watch 2 will affect used prices. Seems to me that the longer the first generation is out, the less value the 1st generation will have if someone goes to sell it. By then the battery capacity will be much depleted, and the technology will be much more outdated. This is a huge difference between the Apple Watch and iPhone.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Realistically speaking, they did more "damage" by dropping the price on the Sport by $50.
     
  10. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    I'm thinking of getting a second watch. A gold or rose gold sport. They've dropped the price, making it more tempting. I've got a lot of sport bands already for my stainless steel.

    I don't even know if a second gen watch will be able to use all my existing bands. I just want another color to go with my non-silver jewelry.

    Short of a transporter, laser weapon, and personal antigravity device, I am really not missing any feature that people talk about gen 2 possibly offering. I suppose I could go for full waterproofing. But I won't cry without it.

    The only thing holding me back is that I do already have an attractive Apple Watch. I'd feel a bit weird spending a still significant chunk of change to get exactly the same watch in a different color. I'm haven't been broke and poor since age 34, but I'm not exactly up to Kardashian levels of self-indulgence either and do have other expenses to mind.

    I'm just glad I've enjoyed my Apple Watch experience so much I'm willing to even think of expanding on it this way. It's not been perfect but it's lived up to what I expected.
     
  11. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Delayed? What was the original planned release date? Did Apple announce something about a delay and everyone missed it?
     
  12. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Buy now. Enjoy it.

    Nobody will know the release cycle until 2 comes out. When it does, you'll know how long to wait until version 3, which should be a more substantial -- and more worthwhile -- upgrade than just from 1 to 2.
     
  13. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

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    Well, by delayed I just mean that they don't appear to be on a true, annual cycle.
     
  14. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    Yes I know, I'm just speculating based on statistics from the entire Apple lineup, however, you might be absolutely correct, this could be another Mac Pro, ATV, or Airport Extreme product that goes without updates for 3-5 years. Even then 2 of those products aren't updated nearly as much as the Apple Watch. As Apple keeps updating the software, it's just going to get bigger and bigger and require more performance. With the way updates are going now, how long do you think it will take for people to start complaining that their watch is slow because of a software update, when really it's all the features piled on since Watch OS 2. I was scared to update to the latest Watch OS, simply because of the performance differences of iOS versions. Granted Watch OS isn't nearly as bloated as iPhone software and most likely will not boast 200 new features in the next release, but moving down the line, it's hard to imaging that the first gen watch wouldn't be slow when Watch OS 6 is installed on it in 5 years.
     
  15. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

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    If you've got an iPhone 4S, I don't think buying one would do you any good.
     
  16. matt_on_a_mtn Suspended

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    I voted for Buy Now.

    There's no firm rumor on the release of a version 2, but general consensus is September at the earliest. There have been no part leaks, no case leaks, and no real rumors of a current path for the next generation.

    Because of that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to wait. Worst case scenario it gets updated in 6-7 months - at which time you've gotten months of use out of your Watch, and can sell it and upgrade should the new model appeal to you.

    Not to mention the fact that Best Buy, Target, and I believe B&H all have pretty awesome sales running right now, which makes buying a lot more appealing.
     
  17. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Not all of Apple's products get updated annually.
     
  18. Sigoogle macrumors member

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    I voted for Buy now too, because, well....there's nothing really stopping you and you guys want one, so go for it! :D


    We haven't had any rumours going around for the second gen just yet, i think there's only wishlists posted online....So, go on, treat yourself! :p
    I'm going to be buying the 42mm as soon as i can afford it, i'm giving my 38mm to my boyfriend to see if he likes it and wants to keep it. If not, i'll either sell it and the bands or put it in my drawer for collection reasons.
     
  19. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    Well clearly its not an annual update, will a new one come later this year with the iPhones?

    I bought mine last year when it came out, but I'd probably be tempted to wait now. Then again it might be a long wait. Who knows.
     
  20. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

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    At this point, I really think waiting would be very wise. I'm thinking there will be a huge difference in processor speed and other hardware with the 2nd Apple Watch. The 1st Apple Watch isn't a total failure, but it's the slowest and most unreliable Apple product I've personally used.
     
  21. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    I just got my second one from Best Buy. Thanks to this forum I found out some of the sport models were on sale there. With our rewards points added in I got a 38 mm gold sport for $226. Not bad! I got the last one in stock in my local store so I guess they're selling well.

    Yeah I guess they're slow and the next gen will get a spec bump but for what I use it for I don't generally notice a delay. I'm not a heavy app user.
     
  22. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    Software really hasn't improved much as all since launch besides bug fixes

    It's WAY too slow for any app use, 99% apps are Terrible


    Still like it but I only use it as a Notification Center and the only apps I use are the apps on the watch face
     
  23. Nightrich macrumors regular

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    I am so torn. I had one a year ago but returned it. I've really wanted another one ever since and now that I can get an gold AWS for $249.99 I am really tempted to do so. But I also keep thinking that "hey what if they announce a new one in June?" If that were the case I would definitely just wait. Not really sure what I should do.
     
  24. Brady0123 macrumors member

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    Now just need buy a SE for girlfriend.The APPLE watch for myself,just next time.
     

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