Why Buying The Apple Watch Series 3 Is A Waste Of Your Money

I’ll just get straight to the point. Apple has three Apple Watches on offer:

  • The Apple Watch Series 6
  • The Apple Watch SE
  • The Apple Watch Series 3

Buying the Apple Watch Series 3 is a complete waste of your money if you are in the market for an Apple Watch. Why you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple. The core reason is the processor. It has an S3 processor which is a 32-bit processor. It’s also the last 32-bit processor that Apple supports. Which means it’s not long for this world. It is entirely likely that in the next year or two that Apple will drop support for it when they come out with watchOS 8 or watchOS 9. After all, they dropped support for anything below the Series 3 in watchOS 7.

The next reason is that the Apple Watch doesn’t support Apple’s new Family Sharing feature in iOS 14/watchOS 7. That’s the feature that allows you to activate and manage an Apple Watch without the person on the receiving end of that Apple Watch needing an iPhone. That likely has something to do with the fact that the Series 3 no longer has a cellular option. My guess is that this was removed so that Apple could take another shot at Fitbit and steal some market share from them.

The bottom line is that if you want your Apple Watch to last more than a year or two, you should look at the Apple Watch SE which has the design of the Series 6 with a slower 64 bit processor at a lower price point versus the Series 6. Sure it lacks some of the health features like the ECG and blood oxygen functions. And it also doesn’t have an always on display. But the target market for the SE won’t care. Just ignore the Series 3 entirely and spend your money in a way that gives you a fair amount of value.

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