Apple Watch Series 3: Should You Buy Now or Wait for Apple’s September Event?

Apple yesterday officially confirmed its annual September special event for the following week. The September 15 event is said to focus primarily on a new iPad Air and new Apple Watch hardware, including the Apple Watch Series 6. Interestingly, Apple is also reportedly preparing a new Apple Watch Series 3 replacement. This year we read in detail about what this could mean for the Apple Watch lineup.

Apple Watch Series 3 Backstory

The Apple Watch Series 3 was first introduced in 2017, and was a notable update at the time. It was the first Apple Watch model to offer cellular connectivity. It was also powered by Apple’s S3 processor which brought significant speed improvements to the watchOS experience.

Since 2017, Apple has remained the focal point of Apple’s Wearballs lineup in the Watch Series 3. Apple today sells it for $ 199 with GPS or 299 for GPS and cellular. Multiple research firms estimate that it accounts for a large percentage of Apple’s wear business.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is starting to show its age, especially as we get closer to the release of the Apple Watch Series 6. The S3 processor inside the Series 3 is not up to the task of many WatchOS features nowadays, and the boxier design looks especially dated compared to the modern Apple Watch Series 4 and the new design.

With the increasing release of the Apple Watch Series 6, it is difficult to recommend the Apple Watch Series 3. This year, however, reports have further compounded that Apple is also planning a low-end Apple Watch that will serve as a direct replacement in Series 3.

Apple Watch SE

Bloomberg It was first reported that Apple is planning a low-end Apple Watch for this year. In a report published last week, Mark Gurman wrote that the Series 3 replacement would help Apple compete with lower-cost devices such as Fitbit:

The new Apple Watch lineup will include a successor to the Apple Watch Series 5 and a replacement for the Series 3 that will compete with low-cost fitness devices such as the Fitbit Income.

Essentially, it appears as if Apple plans to give the Apple Watch lineup the same treatment as the iPhone lineup, which sounds like the Apple Watch SE.

Earlier this year, Apple released the new iPhone SE as a replacement for the iPhone 8. It features the same physical design, but features Apple’s latest A13 processor, advanced camera technology, and wireless charging support. It is the cheapest iPhone in Apple’s lineup, and is a popular choice for those who want a reliable and future-proof phone with a familiar design and low price tag.

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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Series 5 Design

The reported Apple Watch Series 3 replacement may be very similar to the iPhone SE: bringing one of Apple’s latest processors to the lower-end market for budget-conscious shoppers. The new processor will give the lower-end Apple Watch more headroom for the new WatchOS 7 from both Apple and third-party developers alike.

However, one thing that is unclear is what kind of design the Apple Watch Series 3 replacement can have. Currently, the Apple Watch Series 3 is available in 38 mm and 42 mm sizes, while the Series 4 and Series 5 are available in 40 mm and 44 mm sizes.

Sticking around the 38mm / 42mm form factor of the Apple Watch Series 3 has been a pain for many developers. It is possible that Apple is able to extend the screen size options to 40mm / 44mm to moderate the Series 3 replacement, but it remains unclear for now.

Finally, the Apple Watch Series 3 lacks many of the health features that make the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 so appealing. While it is unlikely that Apple will bring ECG functionality to lower-end Series 3 replacements, it may add fall detection functionality altogether.

Should you buy Apple Watch Series 3 now or wait?

The Apple Watch Series 3 is a tempting option in Apple’s wearbearles lineup. However, we are waiting to see what Apple has until next week. The Apple Series 3 replacement will definitely be a better product than the current Series 3. However, it is unclear whether Apple will be able to maintain the $ 199 price point.

Ideally, the Apple Watch SE would use Apple’s 64-bit S5 processor and add additional health features, while retaining the $ 199 / $ 299 pricing structure. We will learn more from Apple on September 15.

What do you understand by the rumors of the new Apple Watch SE? What’s on your wish list for the new Apple Watch hardware this year? Tell us below in the comments!

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