How many years will an Apple Watch last?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by iphone joe, May 8, 2015.

  1. iphone joe macrumors regular

    iphone joe

    Feb 10, 2011
    How many years will an Apple Watch last before it dies and you have to buy a new one? I have to assume a few years otherwise it really isn't worth it.
  2. techguy9 macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2014
    Atlanta, GA
    Don't really know but Apple says that the battery should last a 1000 charge cycles.
  3. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000


    Feb 15, 2015

    Only 1000? Thats nothing
  4. PLamarine macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2009
    Central MA
    Sorta true...they say it will hold at least 80% of it's original capacity at 1000 charges.
  5. fischersd macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2014
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  6. iamasmith macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2015
    Cheshire, UK
    Better question is how many years will Apple Watch last I think...?

    If you bought as steel one then think about what you paid for X watch way back and how long it lasted in the past.

    I wore a Rolex GMT-II solidly for about 15 year, still have it, and it costs me £300 to get it serviced every year or two..

    I also have a Tissot T-Touch expert I bought about 3 years ago that cost about £650 which seems a lot longer and doesn't get much wear.

    The main thing that was on my wrist for the last 2 years was a Casio ProTrek PRW-2500T-7ER because it did so much more. I would put on the Rolex (actually I have a Rolex AirKing also and it's divine but it's in the box) and then 2 weeks later back to something with more information.

    If you are a little 'into' watches and have a few years exposure to that then I think you will find the Apple Watch is A) Quite reasonable for the price points and B) Good quality.

    For those who want couture and extravagance the Edition may not be quite up to snuff but there are plenty of bling factories for that (I'm sorry, you don't do bling..? but you have your phone studded with diamonds after being put into a platinum case..? - you do bling) but for the ones that care about the Watch then no.. I think you get a good deal and I hope they do well out of it enough to keep it up :)
  7. bluecow macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    Question to me is not about how long it lasts before it is how long it will be until the functionality is obsolete. I'd tend to think the iPhone cycle is a reasonable indicator...although I'd expect a first generation product like this to be obsolete much quicker than later generations.
  8. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    Don't expect it to last more than 2 years.
    Even if it does it'll be obsolete to the Apple watch v3 #
  9. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    It will last until the end of civilization itself.
  10. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I think it will be obsolete quickly.
    2 years.
    So, to me, buying a SS version is kind of a waste.
    But I can't resist the SS and the Sapphire screen lol
  11. Mac 128 macrumors 601

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Now that we've gotten a little more detail about it, I sort of feel like that Watch will last as long as the communication protocol with the iPhone is maintained.

    All the watch does is relay messages to and from the phone. So I don't see the wifi standard changing radically over the next 3-5 years, nor bluetooth, unless they come up with some new low power variant that the original Watch won't support with its current hardware, and then drop the older support completely by the iPhone.

    Otherwise, everything the Watch does now is a basic function that I would expect every Watch in the future, as well as its companion iPhone to support. Theoretically the watch should be functional indefinitely as long as its parts are good. After seeing the fixit teardown, I have to imagine that at the point a battery actually needs to be replaced, the cost to do it will be comparable to just buying a new one. At 1000 recharges every night of the year, that's about 2.7 years. It will have diminished capacity after that, but seemingly that'll get someone 3-4 years of use without replacing the battery. In iPhone terms that's like buying the original 1st gen, and then upgrading to the iPhone 4, or 4S, 3-4 years later. I'd go so far as to say a person could squeeze 5 years out of it before it became a burden to recharge constantly, and 5 years is about the time Apple drops support for its products anyway. By that time the latest Watches will have so many new bells and whistles, plus extended battery life, why wouldn't you want to upgrade?

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