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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today updated its list of vintage and obsolete products to add the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models to the vintage list, marking the first time that the Apple Watch has been included.


The first Apple Watch was introduced more than six years ago in April 2015, with the "Series 1" replacement and Series 2 upgrade following in 2016. Apple has continued on updating the Apple Watch each year, and in 2021, we're expecting the Apple Watch Series 7 to see a release sometime in October.

The original 2015 Apple Watch now qualifies for Apple's "vintage" list, which includes devices that Apple stopped distributing for sale more than five years ago and less than seven years ago.

For most products, the vintage designation means that they're no longer eligible for repairs at the Genius Bar in Apple retail stores or from Apple Authorized Service Providers, but Apple does offer extended repairs of some vintage products and in locations where extended repairs are required by law.

In another couple of years, the original Apple Watch will move on to the obsolete list and hardware service will be entirely discontinued.

Article Link: Original Apple Watch Added to Apple's 'Vintage Product' List
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Sep 25, 2018
Temecula, CA
AW has come a long way in 6+ years… I still have my S0 with a cracked screen though, loved it but also going to hang on to my S4…
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macrumors G5
Apr 8, 2013
My only Apple Watch. That’s the one. Horrible battery life even then.
My series 0‘s battery life was fine for the first 18 months. Then after that it tanked In both battery life and performance. I loved mine I got it on launch day but was really excited about it ever since i saw the keynote presentation the year before. It didn’t age well but it was great for a first generation.
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macrumors 601
May 14, 2012
What took them so long? :rolleyes:

You do realize that Series 1 will be obsolete this time next year. o_O

Darth Tulhu

macrumors 68000
Apr 10, 2019
Wow, already?

I'm getting older way too fast!

In any case, this'll probably be the year when the wife and I make the jump to our first Apple Watch.

Since the original iPad, I never ever jump in on a 1st-gen Apple product. I learned my lesson back then. Then again, I used to upgrade EVERY year, but that came to a grinding halt between the 1st gen iPad and the death of the 17"MBP.

Nowadays, and because of the above, I keep my Apple products almost until the wheels fall off.
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macrumors 6502a
Apr 19, 2011
As an owner of one, from a usability standpoint it felt "vintage" since OS 3.0...
Excellent proof of concept though. The later models brought the performance to match the promise.

Time to either recycle or pass it down...
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 5, 2016
I remember the hype over this.

This taught everyone to chill when it comes to first gen apple products.

Only excellent first gen product is the Airpods Max but when you come to think of it they aren't really first gen.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 29, 2015
A move I actually agree with, they were vintage the day they were released...virtually unusable since day 1.


macrumors G4
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
Should've been vintage a loooong time ago. My Series 4 is almost as old as my Series 0 was when I upgraded to the Series 4, and the Series 4 is WAY better than the Series 0 was at the same time. It was limping along with hardly any battery life for exercises and was so incredibly slow. Meanwhile my Series 4 is still a champ. I see no reason to upgrade until the Series 8, and if they don't have the sensors I want then I may wait even longer if the battery still seems good.

"One of us! One of us!" The vintage gang has a new member today…


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macrumors newbie
Mar 26, 2018
I'm actually wearing mine right now. My older sister gave it to me (her husband's friend gave it to him and he didn't want it.) It's good for counting my steps and not needing to enter my login PW fpr my iMac as much. Also I use a lot of timers (ADHD management) and it's great for that stuff. In the year I've had it I'm not sure I've ever tried to browse a website, so not sure how slow it is there. I might actually take the plunge on a S7 this year though.
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