Get Apple Watch 4 now or wait for Apple Watch 5?

Trequartista

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I am considering buying an Apple Watch 4 40mm LTE Stainless Steel for 900 Dollars (in Germany). I never had one before, but I got a Miband 2 recently and I really like it as a device who measures my activity, but I dislike the lack of features. I would also like to go out to work without my phone only having my Apple Watch with LTE.

I thought about getting one since quite some time, and now I am actually ready to go for one. But then, I also guess that the successor is only 6 months away from now. What would you suggest?
 

futurist101

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I am considering buying an Apple Watch 4 40mm LTE Stainless Steel for 900 Dollars (in Germany). I never had one before, but I got a Miband 2 recently and I really like it as a device who measures my activity, but I dislike the lack of features. I would also like to go out to work without my phone only having my Apple Watch with LTE.

I thought about getting one since quite some time, and now I am actually ready to go for one. But then, I also guess that the successor is only 6 months away from now. What would you suggest?
Six months is a long time for a device you plan to use everyday. I'd say look for a sale on the watch and buy an aluminum model instead. I personally feel it would be better if you thought of it as a tech item that you plan to update on a regular basis. You'll get more value of out of your dollars in my opinion.

I currently have a Series 3 and purchased it about 3 months before the Series 4 was released and had a hard time not upgrading myself. I'm definitely upgrading to the Series 5 for the better processor.
 
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Ledgem

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It isn't really known exactly how often Apple is going to update the Watch. If you think you can wait, then wait. Otherwise, get it now... and if you have any concerns that you might not like it, consider getting the cheaper aluminum model instead of the high-end stainless steel version. Performance is the same, you don't notice the casing when you look at the Watch, and the band you wear catches people's eyes more than the casing of the Watch, itself.
 

mnsportsgeek

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I’m gonna hold out. Now that Air Power is dead I’m hoping the next one will have an industry standard wireless charger.
 

bbednarz

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I’m gonna hold out. Now that Air Power is dead I’m hoping the next one will have an industry standard wireless charger.
Don't these already have the ability to Qi charge? I could have sworn when the Series 3 came out people were saying they could wirelessly charge, but then there was an update that blocked it.
 

DeNachtwacht

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In fact, I would not be surprised the series 5 will not come as soon as 2020. I think there’s not much to add for Apple now, everything you need is in the Watch now. important upgrades like blood glucose measurement are not yet ready for a 2019 release so my guess would be they don’t release anything this year ór only a minor update.

So I’d say just buy it now. You know you want it ;)
 

klky

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If you're ready to get it now, then get it now and enjoy it. Don't be a slave to release dates or give in to fomo.
 
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Relentless Power

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In fact, I would not be surprised the series 5 will not come as soon as 2020. I think there’s not much to add for Apple now, everything you need is in the Watch now.
Outstanding post. And this is also my thinking, that we are beyond to the point now where the Apple Watch really doesn’t need to be updated every 12 months, as the releases are going to supersede the technological advancements in some areas. I personally think there is a thing called ‘consumer exhaustion’, where the Apple Watch is not relatively that cheap, and consumers are upgrading their Apple Watch on an annual basis, where I think the Apple Watch is maturing now where it could release every 18 months versus 12 months.
 

ChineseBots

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I really think they gonna make series 5 Qi-compatible now that AirPower is dead. My series 3 seems to be okay for all those daily tasks so I gonna wait 5 more months.
 

RonFromOregon

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Don't these already have the ability to Qi charge? I could have sworn when the Series 3 came out people were saying they could wirelessly charge, but then there was an update that blocked it.
Current Apple Watches aren't Qi compatible, sadly.
 

iPhysicist

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Buy it now - and go for the aluminum model. You can sell it when S5 arrives and use the money towards the stainless S5.