Apple Watch Series 3 Tipped to Be Discontinued in Q3 2022 With the Release of watchOS 9: Kuo

Apple Watch Series 3 was launched in September 2017.

Apple Watch Series 3 Tipped to Be Discontinued in Q3 2022 With the Release of watchOS 9: Kuo

Apple Watch Series 3 has large bezels with angular display corners

Highlights
  • Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by the S3 chip
  • Apple may unveil a new version of watchOS at the next WWDC
  • Apple is tipped to release the Apple Watch Series 8 later this year

Apple Watch Series 3 is said to be discontinued in Q3 of 2022 as its processing power may not meet the requirements of a new version of watchOS. The Apple Watch Series 3 was released in September 2017, making it almost five years old. It is currently the oldest Apple Watch to support the latest version of watchOS 8. As per a recent report, Apple is tipped to end support for this smartwatch when it unveils watchOS 9 at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) later this year.

In a tweet, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the Apple Watch Series 3 may reach end-of-life in Q3 2022 because of its old hardware. This smartwatch is powered by the S3 chip which significantly lags behind the S5 chip of Apple Watch SE and the S7 chip of Apple Watch Series 7. The Apple Watch Series 3 is marked by a thick build with large bezels and angular display corners.

Given the limited performance of the Apple Watch Series 3 and the extra steps required for updating the watchOS, it is believed that Apple will discontinue this smartwatch when the new version of watchOS arrives. This step is expected to make the Apple Watch Series 4 the oldest Apple smartwatch to support watchOS 9 when it is released. There is not much known about the features offered by the upcoming watchOS, but it is expected to accompany the launch of the 2nd generation Apple Watch SE‌ and Apple Watch Series 8. These smartwatches are tipped to arrive later this year, which coincides with the timeline provided by Kuo.


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  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design and comfort
  • Tracking accuracy
  • Software and ecosystem
  • Battery life
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  • Excellent build quality
  • Accurate fitness tracking
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Dial Shape Rectangle
Display Type OLED Retina
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Siddhant Chandra
Siddhant Chandra is a Consultant Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. This is his first foray into the tech space, having made the switch from travel. He holds a keen interest in keeping up with the latest hardware and software developments in the gaming industry. After work, you can mostly find him playing CS:GO with his buds, where he has clocked over 3K hours. You can reach him at siddhantc@ndtv.com. More
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