Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and the second-generation Apple Watch SE at yesterday’s “Far Out” event. Following the launch of the new Apple Watch models, the Cupertino-based tech giant has discontinued the first-generation Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 7 Edition. Do note that the company did not release an Apple Watch Series 8 Edition at yesterday’s event.
The iPhone maker had been offering the Apple Watch Edition models ever since the first Apple Watch made its debut back in 2015. The Edition series were a class apart in terms of design, flaunting luxurious gold as well as ceramic casings. Later, the Apple Watch Edition featured titanium casings along with an exclusive band. Currently, only the Apple Watch Ultra sports a titanium body, since the Edition model has now been decommissioned seven years after it launched.
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Meanwhile, the Apple Watch 3 is also being given the boot. This could be attributed to the fact that the new watchOS 9 only supports the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer. The Series 3 runs on watchOS 8, which will no longer be getting significant updates.
To recall, the Apple Watch Series 3 debuted back in 2017 and came powered by the Apple S3 processor. Now that the newer Apple Watches feature more powerful S8 processors, the Series 3 lags behind in terms of processing power. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 was the first Apple Watch to support cellular connectivity.