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npowers83

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Jun 9, 2021
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Saw someone selling a Series 1 on Facebook today, and was curious how many people are still using their Series 0. Still have my Space Black Stainless Steel 42mm Series 0 from the launch allocation. Besides some screen burn-in, it’s doing incredibly well. Any others, or am I part of a dying breed?
 

SaxPlayer

macrumors 6502a
Jan 9, 2007
718
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Dorset, England
I still have and use a Series 0. I wear it when I take my dogs out for a walk or am doing jobs around the house or garden. I also have a stainless steel Series 4 that I wear the rest of the time.

I've noticed recently that if I try to log a dog walk using the Workout app on my Series 0 then it no longer syncs back to Fitness on my iPhone, and my iPhone is no longer auto switching to my Series 0 when I put it on - I can't even select it manually in the Watch app. I don't know if it just needs unpairing and re-pairing again or if an iOS update has killed it. If it can be fixed I can see me continuing to use the Series 0 for some time.
 

Seamaster

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Feb 24, 2003
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As an aside, I would love to know what has happened to the few >$10K gold Apple Watch Editions that were sold. Melted down?
 
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sananda

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May 24, 2007
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Yes, I'm still using my series 0. Although, as of a few weeks ago, it's not actually the same watch I received on launch day. I initiated battery service and I what I got back isn't my original watch. It's nice to have no scratches again though!

I'm happy enough using a series 0; it does what I want (measuring activity, gently tapping my wrist for notifications, and letting me change music and adjust volume).
 

mj_

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May 18, 2017
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1,281
Austin, TX
I've had an S0 SS in daily use until somewhere around December of 2020 when I replaced it with an S3 my wife found for cheap on one of the Facebook neighborhood buy & sell pages and my wife was using her S1 until yesterday when it was replaced with a slightly over 1 year old S3 that I found for cheap on the very same Facebook neighborhood buy & sell page (I'm starting to see a pattern emerging...).

For me, the only to replace my S0 was its inability to play podcasts through Apple's podcasts app prior to watchOS 5. The only reason she replaced hers is that she wanted something waterproof for when she goes to the pool. Otherwise we'd still be rocking our almost ancient watches for years to come as neither of us is interested in any of the modern shenanigans more recent watches offer.
 

bowens

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Jun 19, 2006
825
133
Florida
I upgraded my S0 black SS to a series 4 when they came out. It worked relatively well but some apps, such as Runkeeper, would not launch. I sold it for $100.
 

PilotC150

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Apr 24, 2015
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I've still got my series 0 in a drawer, but I don't wear it anymore. I replaced it with a Series 3 shortly after those came out.

The only reason I upgraded was because of the battery. I was finding that I couldn't make it through the day without recharging. I'm now almost four years into this watch and after wearing it for almost 8 hours today so far it's still at 75% battery.
 

LeafsFanNL

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Oct 27, 2016
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I still have my series 1. It does what I want, albeit rather slowly. I am not enthralled with all the things a more modern watch does. I'm pretty sure when this one gives up the ghost I won't replace it.
 

jabintendo

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Nov 26, 2018
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London
I have series 1 which is still use as my main watch. Still works and albeit quite slow, but mainly only use to tell the time and for notifications so can live with the lag.
I haven't really used it since lockdown as I've been working from home so i don't wear my watch.
Will upgrade this year or next year when the re-design appears hopefully
 
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haralds

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Jan 3, 2014
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Silicon Valley, CA
I have my Series 0 with a refurbishment close to the end of its AppleCare+ cycle. My wife sort of used it (infrequently) for a couple of years when I had a 3, two years later I got a 5 and she used the 3. I got the 0 back and am using it for backup when my 5 runs low on battery.
I did have trouble with it running low enough it endlessly recycled on boot. I left it on a charger for several hours and it recovered. It is down to about 8 hours of battery life, but does fine otherwise.
All my models are Stainless Steel.
 

SnacksGU

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May 21, 2018
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USA
Saw someone selling a Series 1 on Facebook today, and was curious how many people are still using their Series 0. Still have my Space Black Stainless Steel 42mm Series 0 from the launch allocation. Besides some screen burn-in, it’s doing incredibly well. Any others, or am I part of a dying breed?
Bro! Just retired my launch day Series 0 42 Stainless Steel AW! Still had all day battery for my use. Amazing.
 

Kerry78

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Sep 14, 2016
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I upgraded my S0 black SS to a series 4 when they came out. It worked relatively well but some apps, such as Runkeeper, would not launch. I sold it for $100.
Still got my 0 but run into probs with it this week think it’s needs new battery

May send it of to Apple ?
 

harriska2

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Mar 16, 2011
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Oregon
Have a 4 y/o Series 1 that I use daily without fail. It is super slow. I was hoping to replace it with a Series 7 at the end of the year but over the past 2 days the battery isn't making it through the day. It's a PITA to have to charge in the middle of the day so that I can get credit for my workout at night. New battery only costs $27 but it is a super difficult replacement and I'm not sure it is worth the money. Might be better to sell for $25 and put that toward a new $400 watch. I'd rather upgrade my Series 1 than my 2017 iPhone SE. I use the watch far more for timer, weather, notifications, etc.
 

Kerry78

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Sep 14, 2016
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Have a 4 y/o Series 1 that I use daily without fail. It is super slow. I was hoping to replace it with a Series 7 at the end of the year but over the past 2 days the battery isn't making it through the day. It's a PITA to have to charge in the middle of the day so that I can get credit for my workout at night. New battery only costs $27 but it is a super difficult replacement and I'm not sure it is worth the money. Might be better to sell for $25 and put that toward a new $400 watch. I'd rather upgrade my Series 1 than my 2017 iPhone SE. I use the watch far more for timer, weather, notifications, etc.
I was gonna get my series 0 sent to Apple but then I found a series 4 on Facebook marketplace for £75 cheaper then Apple battery replacement

why don’t you just have a look there aswell save yourself some cash

I’ve already bought last years iPhone 12 and iPad Air so I’m good! ☺️
 
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haralds

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I like my SS series 0 as a backup watch. Does Apple still do battery replacements? Battery health still indicates 80%, but it dies after a couple of hours and then takes charging with a lot of reboot cycles to get "back up."
 

Haga

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Feb 6, 2017
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Roermond, The Netherlands
Still use the series 0
 

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npowers83

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Jun 9, 2021
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Well, sadly, my Series 0 finally gave it up the other day. Battery expansion caused the screen to pop off, and it’s been non-responsive since. Likely going to just go without for a few months until the Series 7 hits. Really bummed, because besides the light screen burn-in, it was doing great! Here’s hoping my Series 7 withstands similarly!
 

sananda

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May 24, 2007
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What was the process and cost?
I called Apple Support, they remotely tested the Apple Watch and said it was eligible for battery service, and then they sent me a shipping box. I paid £82.44 and sent my Watch to Apple in the shipping box. A few days later I received a replacement Series 0 watch.

The only problem is that iOS 14.6 is currently not installing 3rd party apps on watchOS 4.3.2.
 

haralds

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Jan 3, 2014
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What was the process and cost?
Just went into chat. Remote diagnostics did not show the problem, but they accepted it anyway. My battery % went down 10% during the process. As far as I know, the charge will be $79 plus $6.95 shipping.
What was the process and cost?
Update:
I just spent 90 min with Apple Support on chat. I would recommend that over a phone call. Less stressful and you can do other things during the time.
- The remote diagnostics took two attempts to work
- My battery lasts about 2 hours. During the session, it visibly dropped from 68% to 58%
- Diagnostics said the battery was fine
- The Support Specialist accepted the return anyway
- The initial quote was $278. I indicated that was unexpected. The specialist initiated another quote which was $79 plus tax and shipping - about $98. Since my watch is SS and working great as a backup, I think it is worth it.
- I unpaired the watch from the iPhone and it was erased. I also checked it was removed from iCloud.
I am running iOS15b3, which hopefully can install some apps - I do not use many. Restore hopefully works.
 

haralds

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Jan 3, 2014
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After sending in my Series 0 SS watch I received an email that it could not be repaired and would receive a letter describing more with the watch. I was quite disappointed.
When the watch came back it was a perfect refurb. I was quite delighted.
 

haralds

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Jan 3, 2014
2,930
1,223
Silicon Valley, CA
Well, sadly, my Series 0 finally gave it up the other day. Battery expansion caused the screen to pop off, and it’s been non-responsive since. Likely going to just go without for a few months until the Series 7 hits. Really bummed, because besides the light screen burn-in, it was doing great! Here’s hoping my Series 7 withstands similarly!
Might be fixable with a new battery. The expanded one is likely to have no output. The hardest part of the repair is getting the screen off and that has already happened.
 
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