Do you think Apple will offer a trade-up system on the Apple Watch Edition?

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  1. Rainbow Evil macrumors member

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    I was just wondering what people think will happen to the ultra-expensive but destined-to-be-out-of-date-in-a-year Apple Watch Edition models when the next version comes out - do you think it's possible that Apple will offer a trade-up service where they essentially gut the thing and upgrade its internals or do you think they'll just leave them with their obsolete device? I mean I could personally see it as something of a selling point if they would be upgraded for a few years, however I don't really have a handle on the mindset of the uber-rich when it comes to buying stuff.
     
  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Personally I don't think they are going to obsolete this watch anytime soon. We will most likely be able to get 3 years out of it. Look at the iPad 2. A lot of people are still using it and it works perfectly fine for them. I think the same with the apple watch.
     
  3. Rainbow Evil thread starter macrumors member

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    I get that it'll still be updated and everything for a few years, but say they added some internal improvement that would mean you have pretty limited functionality in some aspect was introduced (for example the NFC chip that is now in the iPhone but wan't in the 5s)
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac, Sep 5, 2015
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    You got that part right. $10-17K are a chump change for the uber-rich. For some of them, nothing screams "I have money!" more than dropping $17,000 on a watch that'll quickly become obsolete in a few short years so it's actually a desirable trait. A trade-up program defeats that.
     
  5. lionsy macrumors 6502

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    I'd imagine there are people out there that saved up to buy it as well.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Sure, but I bet they represent less than 5% of all Edition buyers. It's not like saving up $17,000 to buy a Rolex, as a Rolex can last a lifetime. The vast majority of Edition owners can easily afford a new one yearly.
     
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    Why is the Watch going to be out of date in a year? If iPhone 4s is getting iOS 9 surely the Watch will get more than one year of software updates. Also there was that rumor of Apple working on "smart bands" so it's possible additional functionality will come from that.
     
  8. Batman89 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think so.

    People for whom the Apple Watch Edition is aimed to are in a position where they don't need any kind of rebate-centered "trade-up" system.

    Users are treating the Edition as if it's something that needs to be saved up for, it's not. Purchasers of the Edition picked one up while going on a $50K+ shopping spree one lazy Sunday afternoon.
     
  9. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm expecting a trade in for all watches. They find a way to make it profitable for phones, how is this any different?
     
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The OP is talking about trade-up, not trade-in. I.e., you take it in and they swap out the internals for a nominal cost compared to spending another $10-17K for a brand new one. It's not a new concept and several members have proposed this, but it won't happen for the aforementioned reasons.
     
  11. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    Apple has never had a trade in program so I doubt they will start now. I also don't think they will release new watches annually, I think they will release new colors and bands annually. I think 2 years will be the cadence and I'm basing that off of AppleCare+. We know the look will more than likely be the same or similar. We know they won't go round or any other shape. I imagine better battery life, more sensors, GPS, and maybe cellular built in.

    I don't see the first gen going away anytime soon and you should be able to get many years out of it. It's too expensive for Apple to make it obsolete and Apple is positioning it more as jewelry. I say 5-6 years lifespan before possibly being nudged towards upgrading.
     
  12. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Ummm, yes they do. You can definitely trade in the iPhone. And possibly the iPad (not sure about iPad). But positive about iPhone because I've done it. They gave me $200 for my 4S 32GB.
     
  13. iphone joe macrumors regular

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    Can you go to an Apple store to do this or only online?
     
  14. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    I did it at the Apple Store. I think you can do both.
     
  15. iphone joe macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip, I had no idea you could trade in at Apple stores.
     
  16. Black Magic, Sep 9, 2015
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    I didn't know that. Do they give you good value or is it like a GameStop deal where you get pennies?
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Trade-ins never get you a good value compared to selling. That year-old 32GB 4S would've fetched $450ish, assuming you unlock it after swapping out.
     
  18. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    When I was buying the iPhone 5S, I gave them my iPhone 4S 32gb and they gave me $200. Since the 5S was on contract, I only paid $100 for it.
     

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