Buy Series 3 or wait for Series 4?

Wait or not to wait?

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MTD616

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Nov 4, 2017
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I am really excited to purchase my very first Apple Watch. Question is, should I purchase the Series 3 or wait for the 4 to be released in September? I’m very antsy and not sure if I can wait that long. I’ve read about the 4 having a bigger screen and longer battery life. Do you think it’s worth the wait?
 

Shirasaki

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May 16, 2015
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There is yet to be a certain from Apple that a new watch will come in this year. Waiting for series 4 is kinda gambling I would say.

Go for series 3 if you cannot wait. Series 3 is pretty good based on my experience. I like it. Fast, light, and waterproof.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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I am really excited to purchase my very first Apple Watch. Question is, should I purchase the Series 3 or wait for the 4 to be released in September? I’m very antsy and not sure if I can wait that long. I’ve read about the 4 having a bigger screen and longer battery life. Do you think it’s worth the wait?
If You think you have regret if you purchase the Series 3 now and annApple Watch Series 4 launches four months from now and In September, then I would certainly just wait if you can, which is highly likely it will launch given that the Apple Watch is in need of a refresh physically after three years of the same design.

There is one substantial rumor from a reliable analyst stating that a Series 4 Apple Watch will launch in the fall:

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/03/27/apple-watch-series-4-redesign-rumor/amp/
 

Relentless Power

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I found this pic, not sure how accurate it is though.
That’s a self generated render and _not_ official from Apple, we don’t know if Will resemble anything like that at all, given that this is partially going to be a redesign for the Series 4.
 
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MandiMac

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Feb 25, 2012
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My series 0 is slowly falling apart - gyro sensor not working, battery is wonky. Fixing it would run me 200+ so I‘m waiting for the 4. :)
 

jimbo1mcm

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Mar 21, 2010
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For OP: You have all summer and a wait of at least 4/5 months for a new watch. Buy the Series 3 now, enjoy it, sell it in the fall and get the new one. I was going to wait, but I got the series 3 and really enjoying it, but I will sell it in the fall for a small loss and enjoy it now.
 

The Game 161

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Dec 15, 2010
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if you badly want one buy now. I would wait though personally as the price will drop i'm sure when series 4 is out.
 

nnoble

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Jun 19, 2011
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I am really excited to purchase my very first Apple Watch. Question is, should I purchase the Series 3 or wait for the 4 to be released in September? I’m very antsy and not sure if I can wait that long. I’ve read about the 4 having a bigger screen and longer battery life. Do you think it’s worth the wait?
Keep in mind the AW3 has only just been released in places like Denmark, India. See Macrumors article.
 

Clevans

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Dec 22, 2012
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I was having this debate too, I have a series 0 and wanted to upgrade but wasn’t sure if I wanted to wait until the fall for a series 4. Then I got an email that Best Buy has series 3s for $50 off and that was the push I needed to get it now. So far I’m loving it and am very happy with my decision
 

Relentless Power

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if you badly want one buy now. I would wait though personally as the price will drop i'm sure when series 4 is out.
We don’t know that Series 3 will remain in Apples lineup when and if the Series 4 actually does launch in the fall. Apple very well could discontinue the Series 3 and then perhaps the Series one could be updated with the new processor being the entry-level model. Similarly to what Apple did by discontinuing the Series 2 when they introduced the Series 3, the Series 3 could be discontinued when they introduce the Series 4.
 

satchmo

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Aug 6, 2008
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We don’t know that Series 3 will remain in Apples lineup when and if the Series 4 actually does launch in the fall. Apple very well could discontinue the Series 3 and then perhaps the Series one could be updated with the new processor being the entry-level model. Similarly to what Apple did by discontinuing the Series 2 when they introduced the Series 3, the Series 3 could be discontinued when they introduce the Series 4.
True, but I think there will be plenty of stock around to pick up a Series 3 at a bargain.

I wonder if Apple plans to give us a Series 4 teaser at WWDC with a fall launch. Not sure if they did that for the Series 3.

Of course that might just kill Series 3 sales, but they've been doing a few pre-launch announcements of late (HomePod, AirPower, iMac Pro).
 

Malcster

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Apr 26, 2005
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Am on a Series 0 which still works fine, waiting for Series 4, the rumours of a redesign are enough to justify the wait to me, suspect it'll be announced with the new iPhone in Sept which isn't a long wait either.

The performance of the series 0 is however pretty poor now so i'll upgrade to 4 regardless of whether its redesigned or not!
 

MTD616

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Nov 4, 2017
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I’m hoping the redesign of the series 4 won’t be a circular shape. If it is, I’ll opt for the 3 when it’s discounted when the 4 comes out.
 

Relentless Power

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I’m hoping the redesign of the series 4 won’t be a circular shape. If it is, I’ll opt for the 3 when it’s discounted when the 4 comes out.
I would say the chances of a circular Apple Watch are literally zero to none. I believe Apple will retain the current design, perhaps tweak the casing or form factor slightly, but I don’t believe Apple has a circular Apple Watch anytime soon releasing.
 

teknikal90

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Jan 28, 2008
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just got a series 3 for my birthday.....thinking about returning it and getting series 4.
Things I care about:
- health tracking
- design

That do you guys think?
 

squirrrl

macrumors 6502a
Sep 11, 2013
855
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San Diego, CA
just got a series 3 for my birthday.....thinking about returning it and getting series 4.
Things I care about:
- health tracking
- design

That do you guys think?
Well since a series 4 hasn't been released yet you'll be waiting at least until September so I imagine you'll be sitting on that gift card for a while. You might as well enjoy you're free Apple watch now.
 

MandiMac

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Feb 25, 2012
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just got a series 3 for my birthday.....thinking about returning it and getting series 4.
Things I care about:
- health tracking
- design

That do you guys think?
I‘d go with @squirrrl - get used to the series 3, wait for the announcement of S4 and then decide. The 3 is an awesome device on its own :)
 
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