According to earlier news from foreign media, Apple Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to be discontinued in September after the fall launch and will not be upgraded to run watchOS 9, while the next generation of Apple Watch operating system will be equipped with watchOS 9 after the fall launch.
The Apple Watch 3 is currently out of stock in three-quarters of the configurations listed on Apple’s website in the UK and Australia. On the U.S. Apple website, the 42mm white Apple Watch 3 is out of stock, while the other three Series 3 models are available for purchase.
The Chinese official website still has stock available for purchase, so if you have a desire to collect, you can still get your hands on it.
Apple Watch Series 3, a smartwatch released in 2017, is now the oldest device that supports watchOS 8 and is very outdated, both in terms of performance and design.
The watch body is thick and heavy, with large bezels and angles around the display and a built-in S3 chip that is significantly inferior in performance to the Apple Watch SE’s S5 chip and the Apple Watch Series 7’s S7 chip.
Following last year’s iOS 14.6 and watchOS 7.5 updates, Apple Watch Series 3 users will have to unpair and re-pair their devices from their linked iPhones when updating watchOS, as the Apple Watch does not have enough internal storage to do the update independently.
In other words, the Apple Watch Series 3 is already an “obsolete” device, and now the announcement of its discontinuation is a step towards inventory clearance.
Rumor has it that Apple will launch a higher-end Series 8 model named Apple Watch Pro and a second-generation Apple Watch SE at this year’s fall event, with a more uniform performance.
And the first-generation Apple Watch SE could replace the Series 3 as the new lowest-priced model. There are still 3 days to go before the fall launch, so we might as well look forward to it together.