It looks like the days of the Apple Watch 3 are officially numbered. After being on sale for almost five years, the smartwatch started to run out of stock on Apple’s website. MacRumors (opens in a new tab) notes that three out of four Apple Watch 3 models are sold out in the UK and Australia, while one model is not available in the US
There are two other important facts to consider here as well. The first is that an Apple event is happening this Wednesday (September 7) and we’re expecting to see up to three new Apple Watch models. It has also been confirmed that the Apple Watch 3 will not be compatible with watchOS 9, which should start rolling out in the coming weeks.
In other words, it looks like the days of the Apple Watch 3 are numbered. And given the proximity of the launch of new Apple products, this number might not be very large. We have long suspected this event would mark the end of the Apple Watch 3and it already looks like we were right on the money.
Apple doesn’t usually talk about discontinuing products. Instead, products have a habit of disappearing from Apple’s online store and eventually being added to the company’s product list. vintage or obsolete products (opens in a new tab).
The next Apple event is shaping up to be a big day for the Apple Watch. While much speculation has surrounded the iPhone 14 lineup, there have been rumors of multiple watches appearing at the show. That includes the Apple Watch Series 8, an Apple Watch SE 2, and maybe even a high-end Apple Watch Pro.
We could see the Apple Watch SE 2 then become a replacement for the Apple Watch 3 as well as the original Apple Watch SE, as the cheapest smartwatch on Apple’s list. Prices for the Watch SE started at $279, so perhaps we could see the Watch SE 2 follow the same pricing convention.
Despite the longevity of the Apple Watch 3, the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5 did not receive the same treatment from Apple. Both models have long since been discontinued, and Apple doesn’t even seem to be selling refurbished Apple Watch 4 models anymore. However, both models will receive watchOS 9 upgrades when the software releases.