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James.K.Polk

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I appreciate this forum is filled with those who love the latest and greatest (and so be it!), but with the temptation of an alleged Series 9/Apple Watch 2, I’m curious - (a) what watch do you have now?; (b) how long have you had it?; and (c) how long do you genuinely intend on keeping it?
 

topbin

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Mar 12, 2020
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I've currently got the AW5 - and I'm going to be upgrading this year, mostly because it's got a little bit battered in 4 years and the battery is down at 76% so I'm sometimes having to charge it more than once a day unless I turn the AOD off or move it onto Low Power Mode.

I'd really have liked to wait until next year with the rumours of the new shape/form of AW10 but I think 4 years has been a good life and I'd like one that lasts!
 

fwmireault

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Jul 4, 2019
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Montréal, Canada
I have the S7, I got it on launch day almost 2 years ago. I used to upgrade my Apple Watch every 2 years so I'm technically due for an upgrade this year, but I know for sure that I won't. I think I'll only upgrade once I see a significant jump in battery life or a new major health sensor. Maybe the one next year will be a bigger jump as it would be the 10th anniversary of the watch, but I don't see myself upgrading before that
 

nburwell

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May 6, 2008
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DE
I have a SS S7 and aluminum S8. If the rumors are accurate that the S9 is going to be pretty much the same as the S8 except the processor, then I’ll keep the S8 for another year at least. I have no plans to sell my S7 regardless since I keep it when I dress up.
 

Djones96

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Dec 13, 2022
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I have an Ultra, my initial plan was to get the AWU2 because I love the thought of having a clean, Blacked out watch, but now I don't think I will since I plan on upgrading my iPhone, and I don't want to break the bank, but who knows, maybe I will absolutely fall in love with the Black version of the AWU.
 

nnc

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Jun 17, 2023
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I have a Series 8 which I purchased this year, and it's my first Apple Watch. This was the first model that I truly wanted -- I managed with lesser devices all those years. I hope it lasts at least 4 years. I have family members still happy with their Series 3, 4, and 5.
 

bricktop_at

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Apr 4, 2017
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If I decide to get myself an Ultra 2, I‘ll probably sell the S7 SS gold but will keep my S5 Ceramic and the Ultra.

But a Ti iPhone is probably the first thing I‘ll spend my money on 😉
 

StaceyMJ86

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Sep 22, 2015
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I appreciate this forum is filled with those who love the latest and greatest (and so be it!), but with the temptation of an alleged Series 9/Apple Watch 2, I’m curious - (a) what watch do you have now?; (b) how long have you had it?; and (c) how long do you genuinely intend on keeping it?
I have the Apple Watch Ultra, and I’ve had it since launch day. I intend on keeping it for 3 years, unless Apple launch an Ultra with Blood Glucose monitoring, a Blood Pressure monitor, or body temperature sensor before the next 3 years.
 

StaceyMJ86

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Sep 22, 2015
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I have a Series 8 which I purchased this year, and it's my first Apple Watch. This was the first model that I truly wanted -- I managed with lesser devices all those years. I hope it lasts at least 4 years. I have family members still happy with their Series 3, 4, and 5.
I had a S4 that I kept for 4 years and was happy with that until the Ultra was launched last year. I needed better battery life and I wanted the bigger and brighter screen. I can see myself keeping my Ultra for 3 more years unless Apple release a blood pressure, blood glucose or body temperature sensor, then I’ll upgrade before then.
 

OSXphoto

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Dec 23, 2013
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I bought the series 3 in 2019 i think, during Covid and at that time the 4 an 5 were out. I liked the 5 but did not wish to spend so much money. My series 3 is still going strong and it does all I expect from it. Yes it can be a tiny bit unresponsive sometimes for a couple of seconds but that doesn't bother me. I will keep this watch until it breaks. My aim is to use Apple devices until they either break or become convincingly out of date i.e. cannot do what I want to do with the device. I just made 11 years with a MacBook pro, got a M1 MBP Max 64/2TB with a discount.Intend to keep it another 10 years. Still using a 2015 iPad Air 2 as well. Last year I passed my iPhone 6s to my wife and indulged myself with a 14 Pro Max. Good for another 8 years I hope.
 

arsimoun

macrumors member
Jan 24, 2013
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California
I appreciate this forum is filled with those who love the latest and greatest (and so be it!), but with the temptation of an alleged Series 9/Apple Watch 2, I’m curious - (a) what watch do you have now?; (b) how long have you had it?; and (c) how long do you genuinely intend on keeping it?
I think I am going to hit this one. I have an S6 I bought when it first came out. Titanium. Black. It was a big step up from the 5. The battery is now at 78%. I'm going to get the Ultra 2, and then I will wait for the the 2nd year of the X on the theory that with the big changes we are all expecting it will take a while for things to shake out.

One man's .02

Adam
 
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James.K.Polk

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Aug 31, 2015
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I have a s7 and unless some significant new tech comes out im keeping it until the battery is shot

This is my plan, too (my SS S7 has 98% battery life, presently) - though if next year (or, I guess in theory, this year) brings a much smaller Ultra, I might jump. Otherwise, I genuinely plan on using this until I can’t!
 

Bananasaurus

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Aug 16, 2023
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I have the SE. I've enjoyed it, but not having the Always-On-Display is extremely annoying when I'm out going for a run or at the gym. I'm always having to tap the screen for the display to turn back on. I'm also planning on doing my first full marathon and I want the battery to last long enough to track my run while listening to music, so I'm going to go with the Ultra this time.
 

toobravetosave

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Sep 23, 2021
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I have the SE. I've enjoyed it, but not having the Always-On-Display is extremely annoying when I'm out going for a run or at the gym. I'm always having to tap the screen for the display to turn back on. I'm also planning on doing my first full marathon and I want the battery to last long enough to track my run while listening to music, so I'm going to go with the Ultra this time.

If you tap to turn the screen on are you not using the raise to wake feature?
 
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toobravetosave

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The raise to wake feature doesn't work 80% of the time, which is why I have to tap on the screen. It's frustrating.

I had the exact opposite problem which is I never saw the always on display unless i raised my wrist so i ended up turning it off.

That’s unfortunate their algorithm isn’t properly recognizing your movements
 

Bananasaurus

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I had the exact opposite problem which is I never saw the always on display unless i raised my wrist so i ended up turning it off.

That’s unfortunate their algorithm isn’t properly recognizing your movements
It works fine if I'm not doing anything, but I think the exercise is screwing with the sensors or something.
 

BeerDrinkerDan

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Dec 27, 2022
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Bought an S8 shortly after launch and would consider the S9 if I really, really knew it was the last of its kind, but in reality I will wear this 8 until I cause serious damage to the screen or 2-3 more years.

-dan
 

AgeOfSpiracles

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May 29, 2020
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My watch upgrades have been mostly driven by necessity.

Series 0 - was given to me by a coworker two years after launch. It was god awful slow and the battery sucked, but it was enough of a proof of concept that I changed my mind from meh to yeh.

Series 3 GPS - Huge upgrade from the 0 obviously, worked great for a few years. I started running and wanted to leave my phone at home, which kinda worked but loading podcasts and music onto the watch was a coin flip, and it wasn't really safe to be out miles from home without a phone. Eventually even updating the OS became a complete pain in the butt because of the tiny storage, requiring unpairing and repairing... turning a 30 minute process into a 90 min one.

Series 6 Cellular - Massive upgrade. All apps work well and super snappy. I will never go without cellular again; it's so nice to be able to leave the house without a phone and still have streaming music, podcasts, phone, text, and Apple Pay. Always-on-display is surprisingly necessary for me now. I could see myself using this one as long as it's still getting updates. A new model would have to have a really special new feature to get me to upgrade before that.
 

dwaltwhit

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Oct 25, 2013
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I had a day 1 series 0 then upgraded to the s4 when it came out. I’ll probably wait another year since I still easily get a full day’s use on a charge.
 
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BMox81

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Apr 14, 2014
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Current Watch is an S7 so if the 9 is worthy of the purchase then it’s that. If not then I’ll grab an 8 at a discount.

Will sell the 7 regardless to offset the above.
 
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