Likely lifespan?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by kevingaffney, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. kevingaffney macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2008
    firstly I don't have money to burn so I have to think carefully before investing in new gadgets. My fear is this. Lifespan of iPhones and iPads are probably three years as iOS and apps evolve. Traditionally expensive watches could be expected to last many many years. The current iwatch could be virtually obsolete relatively quickly making it a hell of an expensive device. Don't get me wrong, I'd love one but finding it hard to justify 5 or 600 hundred euros for a watch with a short lifespan. Example, will current watch even function with an iPhone on say iOS 11
  2. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    :apple: watch is not for you ;)
  3. joshcls macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2013
    Panama City, FL
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    As most of the processing is done on the phone I would expect the lifespan to be at least a few years longer than the iPhone. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't still be working with the latest iPhone in 5 to 10 years, the only reason why the original iPod doesn't sync with iTunes anymore is new macs don't have the firewire port it needs, but iPods well over 10 years old will still sync with the newest computers.

    What I think will be the problem keeping the lifespan short is the battery. The current time is pretty close to the minimum that most people will find acceptable. However over time batteries loose some of their capacity so in a year or two your all day battery life probably won't be all day anymore.
  5. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Let us hope they update things to squeeze more life out of the battery before it degrades.
  6. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    I would guess yes.

    If Apple TV (extension of a MAC) is any indication, Watch could last for a while.

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