When will the Apple Watch’s worth drop?

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Earlier at present, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Sequence three. Beginning worth: $329 for the noncellular model, $399 for mobile.

What does that imply for the Apple Watch 2 ($369.00 at Apple)? And, for that matter, the Sequence 1? Let’s check out the brand new pricing for the previous fashions.

A short historical past of Apple Watch pricing

Precisely one 12 months in the past, Apple trotted out the Watch Sequence 2 with a beginning worth of $369 — $20 larger than the unique worth of the unique mannequin (which grew to become referred to as the Sequence 1). However the latter wasn’t discontinued immediately; as an alternative, Apple gave it a $50 worth reduce.

Immediately, issues went slightly otherwise.

The brand new worth cuts

The Sequence three debuts with pricing that go in two instructions: All the way down to $329 for the noncellular mannequin and as much as $399 for the mobile one.

Now for the stunning information: It seems Apple is retiring the Sequence 2, with the noncellular Sequence three taking its place. (And it is really $40 cheaper, one other shock.)

Nonetheless too dear? Shock #three: The Apple Watch Sequence 1 lives on, now with a $249 beginning worth. Alas, that is solely $20 beneath the earlier worth; it could have been good to see the Sequence 2 at this worth as an alternative, because it gives enhancements like a quicker processor and water resistance.

Different methods to save lots of

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Anytime a brand new Apple something hits the market, it normally leads to a glut of used previous-generation fashions, as followers typically promote final 12 months’s gear to assist subsidize this 12 months’s.

Assuming you are prepared to think about a used or refurbished Apple Watch, that is excellent news: It is best to see some killer offers within the weeks to come back.

Though websites like Glyde, Gazelle and Nextworth can hook you up with good offers on used iPhones, nevertheless, these resellers do not deal in Apple Watches. That leaves you with the likes of Craigslist and eBay, the place it may be harder to gauge the situation of what you are getting — and Craigslist gives no purchaser safety to talk of.

However do control Apple’s refurbished Watch web page, which sells a smattering of literally-good-as-new fashions for round 15 p.c off the checklist worth.

Your ideas? Had been you hoping for a much bigger reduce on the Sequence 1? Or are you cheerful to see the Sequence three debut with a lower-than-Sequence-2 worth? Lets meet again right here a 12 months from now to debate inevitable Watch three worth cuts?

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