Life span of Series 3 AW

jazzer15

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Can anyone venture a guess as to how long a Series 3 watch would be supported, capable of upgrading to the newest OS, etc. ?

I'm trying to determine the value vs. a Series 5. It's half the price now, but it would also generate a lower return on resale or trade for a possible upgrade in the future. Also, should new features in the next version or two not matter much to me, the 5 should still be able to run whatever new OS is out there. I'm not sure if the same would be true of the 3, although I know people who are still using a series 1 without any complaints or issues.
 

nickdalzell1

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Since they're still selling the 3, I doubt it's dead just yet. Also, your watch won't immediately stop working should updates stop being available. Also, just imagine the lack of update bugs you won't have to worry about!

I stopped updating apps or the OS ever since iOS 7. Boy was that one ugly mess. Learned that lesson only once, I did!

I bought Apple because they live a lot longer than other OEMs/systems. I got a PowerBook G4 that's 20 years old today. I half expect my Watch will last that long too if I take good care of it.
 
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Plett

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I bought Apple because they live a lot longer than other OEMs/systems. I got a PowerBook G4 that's 20 years old today. I half expect my Watch will last that long too if I take good care of it.
With regular battery replacements and not upgrading your iOS, I suspect you could as well. While I am too lazy to undertake such an adventure I would sure be interested in seeing the results a few years on, hopefully you keep notes and update us in the future.
 

nickdalzell1

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I will. So far the oldest is my PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.2. Still able to pull up SSL secured websites and download podcasts, connects to Plex, the DVD drive still works, and the battery still gives 3 hours of screen on time playing audio, or 1.5 DVD video. It's a 20 year old battery. There's not one Dell or Windows-based PC whos battery isn't displaying an X or ! or 00% charge after one year in my experience. If there's only one shortcoming to the PowerBook, its not having compatibility with wifi. None of my USB dongles show up, and I'm stuck with ethernet only so it remains on a desk in my home office.
 
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GreenPixel

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Keep in mind everyone is just speculating. I would say it has at least 1 but likely 2 major updates before it becomes unsupported.
 

bodonnell202

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Considering the Series 1&2 are still supported I'd be willing to bet it will get a minimum of 2 more updates (i.e. Series 3 should get WatchOS 7 & 8) so will likely be able to run the latest version until at least Fall 2022, and quite possibly longer.
 
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jazzer15

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Considering the Series 1&2 are still supported I'd be willing to bet it will get a minimum of 2 more updates (i.e. Series 3 should get WatchOS 7 & 8) so will likely be able to run the latest version until at least Fall 2022, and quite possibly longer.
If that's right (and I realize it is all speculation), it is probably worth it for someone like me. I previously had a Fitbit Versa and just gave it to a relative. It did 90% (maybe more) of what I wanted it to do, so I am a bit hesitant to pay up for the 5.

I could get a Versa 2 currently for $139 or a Series 3 for about $60-$80 more, depending on size. Although I could spring for the 5, I'm not sure if my general use would warrant the price difference. If I really like it after using it for several months, I could get the 6 when it comes out, which I suspect will be a bigger step up than the 5 was from the 4. Alternatively I could just go for the Versa 2 and wait for the 6 and buy it when it comes out or get the 5 at that time at a reduced price.
 

nickdalzell1

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Remember, "unsupported" doesn't equate to "unusable". People seem to take too much thought into updates, and then come here and complain about the updates breaking something or adding a bug.

Also, whatever watch updates you get also depend on the connected iPhone being supported as well. I don't know if the 6S will be getting iOS 14, which might be required for a future watchOS update.
 
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Relentless Power

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If that's right (and I realize it is all speculation), it is probably worth it for someone like me. I previously had a Fitbit Versa and just gave it to a relative. It did 90% (maybe more) of what I wanted it to do, so I am a bit hesitant to pay up for the 5.

I could get a Versa 2 currently for $139 or a Series 3 for about $60-$80 more, depending on size. Although I could spring for the 5, I'm not sure if my general use would warrant the price difference. If I really like it after using it for several months, I could get the 6 when it comes out, which I suspect will be a bigger step up than the 5 was from the 4. Alternatively I could just go for the Versa 2 and wait for the 6 and buy it when it comes out or get the 5 at that time at a reduced price.
Between the Versa 2 And the Series 3, I’d say it depends on how dynamic you want the watch to be. I think the Apple Watch is more of a computer, where the Versa is really kind of just fitness orientated. If you want to save the money and fitness is priority, then the Fitbit would probably be more of an appropriate solution. But with the Series 3, there’s no better pairing with iOS than the Apple Watch.
 
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