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Why you shouldn’t buy an Apple Watch Series 3


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Apple Watch Series 3 was a great smartwatch in its day. But that day was in 2017.
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Apple Watch Series 3 is still in Apple’s product lineup but you should avoid it. It’s so near the end of its product life that it’s not a good value even at $199.

There’s another Apple wearable that costs just a bit more and isn’t about to ride off into the sunset.

Apple Watch Series 8 could bring ‘major’ activity tracking upgrades


Do you know how Apple Watch counts your swim strokes?
But no new health sensors.
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This year will be “the biggest in the history of Apple Watch since the original model,” according to a new report. Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to come in three new versions that will bring “major updates to activity tracking.”

Apple could also (finally!) retire Apple Watch Series 3, which has looked painfully outdated for some time now, later this year.

Why Cupertino should kill off Apple Watch Series 3


Save big on the Apple Watch Series 3
If you buy Apple Watch Series 3 in 2021, you're probably going to regret it.
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It’s about time Cupertino gave Apple Watch Series 3 the boot instead of allowing more customers to suffer. The nearly 4-year-old smartwatch isn’t just showing its age on the outside. It’s also painfully slow. And with just 8GB of internal storage, it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

Priced at $199, Apple Watch 3 offers iPhone users a slightly more affordable gateway into Apple’s smartwatch ecosystem — but it’s one everybody should avoid walking through.

Strap on an Apple Watch refurb from just $109.99 before they’re all gone


Get Apple Watch 5 at its lowest price yet
Quick! Get one before they're all gone.
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Treat yourself to Apple Watch with big discounts on refurbs for a limited time only. Woot is offering Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5 units from just $109.99. Supplies are limited, so bag one before they’re all gone.

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How to reset Apple Watch Series 3 to install new watchOS updates


How to reset Apple Watch 3
With just 8GB of storage, some Apple Watch 3 models are struggling to keep up.
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Many Apple Watch Series 3 owners are unable to update to the latest watchOS release because their device doesn’t have enough storage space. But Apple says there is a way to get around this issue.

The solution is to reset your Apple Watch, wiping all data and settings, before updating. We’ll show you how.

Pick up Apple Watch 5 at its lowest price yet in time for watchOS 7


Get Apple Watch 5 at its lowest price yet
Bag yours before they're all gone!
Photo: Apple

Get ready for Apple’s big watchOS 7 update this fall by treating yourself to Apple Watch Series 5 at its lowest price yet. Prices now start at just $299 (down from $399) for a 40mm model with GPS connectivity.

You can also enjoy $20 off Apple Watch Series 3 (also compatible with watchOS 7), which is now down to just $179.