Sooner or later, time will claim us all. But while you or I might still have a few decades left in us, the $10,000 version of the Apple Watch, first released in 2015, is not so lucky. After three years of software updates (that is, roughly $3,333.33 per year), the Apple Watch Edition has reached its end of life and will no longer be receiving software upgrades.
As spotted by Andrew Cunningham, the next version of Apple’s watchOS operating system announced yesterday at the kickoff of the WWDC developers conference, will not be compatible with first generation Apple Watches. Among those first-gen devices? The Apple Watch Edition which cost anywhere from $10,000 up to a whopping $17,000 before it was discontinued in 2016.
A lack of updates will not cause the watch to cease functioning, at least not yet. It will simply be ineligible for the latest Apple Watch features that require the most up-to-date operating system. It’s possible, however, that somewhere down the line, future versions of iOS might drop support for outdated versions of Apple’s watchOS entirely. These kinds of breaks have been known to happen as tech marches on, like when iOS 11 cut ties with all 32-bit apps that weren’t updated to 64-bit by developers or when iTunes dropped support for the first-gen Apple TV.
It’s unlikely that anyone who bought these pricey watches really expected them to last forever, and if you had ten grand to drop on one in the first place, it stands to reason that an upgrade isnt’ really out of the question. Still, the sky-high price of the Apple Watch Edition illustrates the natural conclusion of a consumer electronics market much more concerned with pumping new gadgets into the wild than supporting the ones that already exist. If this kind of stuff can fly, no wonder no one is bothering to fix what is actually wrong with phones.
Source: Andrew Cunningham via Business Insider