Apple Officially Discontinues Apple Watch Series 3

With the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 8 models and the updated Apple Watch SE, Apple has officially discontinued the outdated Apple Watch Series 3 that was being sold as a low cost $199 option.

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Available since 2017, the Apple Watch Series 3 had the same design as the original Apple Watch models and did not sport the larger casings that Apple started introducing with the Series 4 models. It was the first Apple Watch to offer cellular connectivity when it launched.

The Apple Watch Series 3 featured an Apple S3 chip, which is an older, slower Apple Watch chip variant. The Apple Watch Series 3 never offered much in the way of performance, and compared to modern Apple Watch models, it was notably underpowered. We have not recommended the Apple Watch Series 3 as a purchase option for the last few years, and its age became something of a joke.

Apple sold the Apple Watch Series 3 for $199, and it could be found even lower from third-party retailers hosting sales. Apple's low-cost Apple Watch option is now the $249 ‌Apple Watch SE‌, which features a newer chip than the Apple Watch Series 3 and a more modern design.

We were expecting the discontinuation of the Apple Watch Series 3 as the device is not able to run watchOS 9, which is compatible only with the Series 4 and later. The Series 3 is limited to watchOS 8 and will receive no further major operating system updates. Prior to the launch of the Series 8 models, the Series 3 was already selling out and many variants were out of stock.

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Top Rated Comments

james2538 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Thank god!

It was absolutely shameful this was still being sold up until the announcement even though it won't be receiving WatchOS updates anymore.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TigerNike23 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Slight nitpick… it was released in 2017, not 2015.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B4U Avatar
3 weeks ago
About everyone here knows in regards to the Series 3 is essentially ↓
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nymphe Avatar
3 weeks ago

I've never had that issue! I've got 3 with cellular. Not sure if that made a difference...!
It does. Cellular model had 16 GB of space instead of 8 GB if I remember correctly. The lack of space was the main reason for failed software updates...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TigerNike23 Avatar
3 weeks ago

I own a Series 3 and I've been unable to determine if it will still communicate with my iphone 13 when I update it to iOS 16 next week. Has anyone found documentation about compatibility between iOS 16 and watchOS 8?
It should. I’m still rocking a Series 1 with watchOS 6, paired to a XS Max on iOS 15.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
D-ConYT Avatar
3 weeks ago

Slight nitpick… it was released in 2017, not 2015.
dang it, you beat me to it!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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