Buyer's Guide - Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by lauramayer, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. lauramayer macrumors regular

    lauramayer

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    Hello Guys,
    I am interested into an Apple Watch. MacRumors <3 Buyer's Guide said that the Apple Watch is got just updated (15 days). So....its new hardware? I have my basic principle...never buy a first generation Apple device :)

    Greetings,
    Laura
     
  2. TasheRAWR macrumors regular

    TasheRAWR

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    Hi, welcome to the forums! :)

    Unfortunately Apple hasn't released a new watch. The buyer's guide is talking about new bundles/combos for the first generation Apple Watch.
     
  3. lauramayer thread starter macrumors regular

    lauramayer

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    Thank you for your lovely answer. I guess I must wait a little bit longer.

    Greetings,
    Laura
     
  4. Hankkk macrumors regular

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    I think the Watch is not really comparable to other existing devices. If you really want to get one, get it now. There are some nice deals!

    I wouldn't wait for a second generation unless there's a specific feature you are anticipating. Most people are waiting because they want either a standalone mode with 3G/4G connection and/or GPS functionality and/or a better battery life. But even these features are questionable to wait for. A dedicated 3G/4G connection will cost you a good amount of money every month and the watch will still be connected to the phone whenever it is near it because bluetooth is much more power efficient than a cellular connection. Power efficiency is also a problem of GPS. The power consumption of these new features plus the space that they will take inside the watch will also lead to a battery life that won't be significantly better than today's or (worst case) even worse.

    I don't want to talk you into buying a watch now but maybe you should second guess what you're really expecting from a second gen. If you're into the Apple Watch and want one now, there's nothing wrong with it! :)
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    This doesn't really work in practice because you may have to put up with potential design flaws/bugs anytime they give a device a re-design regardless of the generation.

    For example:

    iPhone 4 - Antennagate!
    vs.
    iPhone 4S - redesigned antennae to prevent Antennagate

    iPhone 5 - factory-induced nicks and scratches right out of the box!
    vs.
    iPhone 5s - quality control fixed

    iPhone 6/6+ - crescent moon camera issue
    vs.
    iPhone 6s/6+s - camera issue fixed

    You might as well stick with "S"-type updates, but that won't happen if they give the AW2 a redesign.
     
  6. nicho macrumors 68000

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    Agreed mostly.

    People should give more consideration to first get software than hardware nowadays. Watch OS was relatively lame and while the hardware is unchanged it now offers so many more features and is more stable. TVOS also offers more features now than it did at launch (some of which had been removed from the iOS variant of Apple TV).

    And the beauty of software is that it isn't usually regressive. On the whole, watch os3 shouldnt introduce new problems os2 didn't have, iOS 10 shouldnt introduce new problems etc. But as you say, a hardware redesign often does.
     
  7. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    You're missing out, then! You can get some pretty good deals right now (I know target has some of their apple watches on sale right now.

    I just bought my second apple watch so that I could change up the look (originally ordered a gray sport on preorder and just bought a rose gold sport yesterday.)

    prior to picking up the second one yesterday.... I knew if anything happened to my watch that I'd be at the apple store that night rather than be without it a few days while sending it to apple for repair... don't have to worry about that now!

    you can always sell the watch once the new one comes out or use it as a bang around/back up to the new version. I plan to sell one of my current ones... and buy the new version!
     

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