When Apple unveiled their smartwatches, a super premium version that costs over $10,000 also surfaced. Labeled the Apple Watch Edition, the pricey models included premium and high-end materials used for the casing — 18-karat gold. Everything else was the same as the regular models, including the software.
Unfortunately, it turns out the $10,000 Edition watch will also be excluded from future updates. Oops.
What Does This Mean?
The ridiculously expensive Apple Watch Edition is now obsolete with the launch of WatchOS 5.0.
The Apple Watch Edition, alongside the other OG models, will continue to work as normal, however, they will not receive software upgrades. They are now obsolete.
Another downside to this situation, is that so long as Apple’s devices are supported, developers must continue to ensure their apps work with said platforms. Now that the original models are done receiving updates, developers can decide to ignore supporting them with their mobile app releases. If they decide to take advantage of the extra processing power or battery specs of the newer models, then the OG models will be unsupported.
It’s been three years since the OG models launched back in 2015. If you do the math and divide up the $10,00 price tag, that’s about $3,333.33 per year. I suppose you could argue that the select few who bought the premium Edition models got their moneys worth. If it were me though, I’d be pretty angry.
It just goes to show that no matter how much money you spend on a device or piece of tech, the support won’t last forever. There is an expiration date on future software updates for most devices out there, which makes you wonder when your favorite tech will also be considered obsolete.
Hey, look on the bright side! You didn’t spend over $10,000 on it like the Apple Watch Edition owners.