After being on the market for nearly five years, the Apple Watch Series 3 is rumoured to be discontinued later this year.
According to a Monday tweet from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, the Series 3 will meet its end of life in the fall because it may not meet the requirements of the upcoming watchOS update, expected to be previewed this year at WWDC.
Many had expected Apple to ditch its Apple Watch Series 3 when the Apple Watch Series 7 shipped last year, but, alas, that didn’t happen. The current Apple Watch SE is a better buy than Apple Watch Series 3 and has been for some time, but now Apple might finally be getting ready to put its aging wearable out to pasture.
Kuo says that the next major release of watchOS simply won’t be supported by Apple Watch Series 3 because it won’t have the required processing power.
Apple Watch Series 3 may go to end-of-life (EOL) in 3Q22 because the computing power can’t meet the requirements of the new watchOS, claims Kuo.
Apple Watch Series 3 may go to end-of-life (EOL) in 3Q22 because the computing power can’t meet the requirements of the new watchOS.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 21, 2022
As Apple adds more features and functionality to watchOS, the operating system grows more demanding on its hardware. Thus far, the Cupertino-based tech giant has been able to keep the Apple Watch Series 3 alive, but only through limiting certain features to newer generations.
Cupertino released the third-generation wearable in September 2017, running watchOS 4.0. By the time the tech company releases watchOS 9, the device will be roughly five years old.
The wearable device has Apple’s S3 SoC, run by a 32-bit dual-core processor. The Series 7’s S7 SoC, on the other hand, boasts a 64-bit dual-core processor. Adding more functionality means demanding more of the processor, even if many features remain unsupported.
Rumours continue to circulate that the Apple Watch Series 8 is due to be announced in fall 2022, alongside watchOS 9.