When the inevitable happens

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Braddrum, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Braddrum macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2013
    Hi Guys,

    I know its only just launched but I just wondered:apple: what you plan to do when the inevitable :apple:watch 2 is launched.

    For those of you do you purchased with an expensive strap would you like Apple to just design the watch so they can sell it without straps so you can upgrade and not have to pay out again?

    Or are you happy knowing its inevitable and will sell the current one for an upgrade when the time comes?
  2. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Like any Apple product, I suspect it will be a complete upgrade, so sell and buy the new one that will have some cool new feature.
  3. TxRN macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2015
    On the move
    After dropping $700+, I'm definitely keeping this one for a couple years before I upgrade. If # goes with a c or s model, hopefully they'll sell the body and straps separate. And I bought the Milanese band as an extra band, it would be nice if it fit later models.
  4. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Funny how most people are coughing upwards of $700 for an iPhone, but they'll change that every year. I know I've had every generation of iPhone every year, but managed to have broke even or profited from flipping it when the next one came out.
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    While I'd like an "upgrade" option, I'm prepared to buy the version with the Sport Band when it comes time to update the Apple Watch, assuming the bands are still compatible with the next few generations.
  6. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    You guys seem to be forgetting that when Apple Watch 2 comes out it will most likely be sold on its own, so it will be cheaper to buy;)
  7. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I'm planning on keeping this one two years. It's the first iDevice I've ever bought AC+ for!
  8. Koobs macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2014
    This is the very reason I bought the cheapest model possible...Future :apple:watches will most likely be far superior than this one, and it wont hurt financially to sell it or shove it in a drawer when the next one arrives.
  9. Silken macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    As much as I would love there to be cross compatibility with first-gen straps I can't see Apple allowing it. So I guess I will just sell mine and buy the new ones ;)
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Depends what the new model brings to the table. I'm not sure what would actually make me upgrade, perhaps better native apps. Don't really need GPS and the IPX7 rating is waterproof enough for me.

    Apart from a few software bugs, the watch seems a fairly mature product. Maybe the inevitable speedier S2 chip will help with 3rd party apps.
  11. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    They're not going to redesign the strap for awhile. People would riot. Apple is smart, they're not as money hungry as everyone makes them out to be.

    Take the new Macbook for example. Going to USB-C actually cost them sales, as many won't buy it. But they had a reason and they went with it. This watch isn't changing sizes for awhile, there is no reason to make the bands not compatible.
  12. Gazball macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2015
    If they release each year it think i would upgrade every 2 years, i don't think i would do it every year unless there was a massive improvement in technology.
  13. joshcls macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2013
    Panama City, FL
    Will cut losses and resell after getting the new device in hand.

    Already excited for the v2 watch --- hopefully it will gain: built in GPS + Full WiFi connectivity + the s2 chip + longer lasting battery
  14. southflguy macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2012
    I imagine I will still be waiting for my  Watch 1 to arrive :)

    Actually the good part about  products is that they retain a good amount of value years later. You can sell on eBay or the inevitable Nextworth or Gazelle.

  15. TxRN macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2015
    On the move
    I'm not one of those people. I went from an iPhone 5 to the 6. Nothing in between. I'll only upgrade phones when I'm eligible with my carrier and there's enough new features worth my while. Money doesn't grow on my trees. #
  16. TimothyBe macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2011
    I think they will follow the iphone strategy.
    Next year we will have apple watch S or something like that. Still being able to attach version 1 straps.
    Then apple watch 2 will have new straps and no backwards compatibility to 1 "S"
    2 year cycles. And only internal upgrades in "S" model
  17. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    I agree. The bands will be interchangeable until such time as the connection bar thingy proves to be a limiting factor on the slimness of the Watch. That's a lot of battery development down the road...
  18. Dub1ous macrumors regular


    Apr 13, 2015
    Wichita, KS
    Most likely I'll upgrade every other year. If the features are compelling enough, sell my current one and buy the new one.

    And I also agree that they'd be dumb to make the bands incompatible. If people want to point to phone cases as an example of why, it's not the same thing. They can keep making the watch thinner for a while and keep the connectors the same.
  19. gladd06 macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015
    ^This^ I converted to Apple with the iPhone 4, and have gotten the newest phone model on launch day every year without paying anything out of pocket. Resale value is insane. However, there are no cellular contracts with these, so it will be interesting when AW 2.0 does arrive.
  20. alexcue macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's me!! Next one will be the "better" model. What I do hope is that the bands will be interchangeable. I'd love for the Milanese band to be compatible with the Watch 2!

    I never really flip my phones, I just hand them down. My daughter and now GF end up with them, but I doubt the Watch will get the same love.. LOL.
  21. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    Yes. The Sport is the answer. I find it high comedy that people want to have this watch for years but yet buy new iPads and iPhones like they're candy for way more than the $399 this watch costs me.

    We will do the same as we have been, sell it and buy the new one.

    At the Watch or Edition level, I think the form factor will be the same for awhile. I think we will see swappable guts.
  22. CaptHook macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2015
    How could you not pay out of pocket? Even a 16GB model has been $649 out of contract; there is no way you can resell a last gen version for that. It has to cost you at least $200 out of pocket.

    Upgrading every other year with subsidy, I can see it because you're only paying $200 (for 16GB) for the phone.

    Every year? I just don't see it possible.
  23. jtrue28 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lexington, KY
    This will likely fall into the iPad category. We don't upgrade iPads every year...or even every 2 years, so if I end up liking the watch, I'll upgrade it a few years from now.
  24. gladd06 macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015
    Yes, sorry, I have 4 lines, with my wireless provider. And only 2 are upgraded with the newest iPhones. So, yes its subsidized.

    However, resell is typically $350+ for a 16gb, so was able to get the 64gb this time around with money to spare after taxes! :D
  25. CaptHook macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Oh, okay. Makes perfect sense then.

    I was secretly hoping you were going to provide some secret site that had even higher resale value than I knew about.

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