Apple has discontinued Apple Watch Series 2 following the unveiling of its successor earlier this week. Series 1 models are still available, and will be sticking around for the foreseeable future as a more affordable alternative to Series 3.
Series 2 was a significant upgrade over the original Apple Watch, adding GPS connectivity, a much faster dual-core processor, a brighter display, a bigger battery, and improved water-resistance that lets you take it swimming.
But to widen the gap between its cheapest and most expensive Apple Watch offerings, Apple has ditched Series 2 altogether. It has been removed from the Apple online store completely, and likely won’t be available from Apple retail stores, either.
If you require the features above, you’ll need to purchase Series 3 instead, which will start at $330 without cellular connectivity. Add LTE to the mix and the price shoots up to $400 — plus an additional monthly fee for wireless service (from your carrier).
The only other option is a Series 1 device, which is now more affordable at $280. However, this has the same display as the original Apple Watch, it does not offer a GPS, it has a smaller battery, and it’s only splash-resistant, so you can’t take it swimming.
Of course, you can still buy Series 2 devices from third-party retailers for now — and we recommend you do that as soon as possible if this is the device you want. Once supplies have been depleted, they won’t be coming back.