Series 3 is now the most popular Apple Watch

“I’ve been keeping an eye on the adoption of the Apple Watch Series 3 since its introduction last fall. From a development perspective the Series 3 is a delight to work with,” David Smith blogs eponymously. “It is fast, capable and LTE allows a wide variety of new applications.”

“This stands in contrast to the challenges of working with the Series 0 (or Apple Watch (1st generation) as Apple would call it),” Smith writes. “It is just slow and honestly a bit painful to develop for. Even basic things like deploying your application to the watch can take uncomfortably long amounts of time. In daily use the Series 0 is probably ‘good enough’ for many customers, especially with the speed/stability improvements added in watchOS 4, but as a developer I can’t wait until I no longer have to support it.”

“Which is why I’ve been watching the Apple Watch adoption curve within my apps (specifically Pedometer++ for this analysis) quite carefully,” Smith writes. “My personal hope is that this summer when we get watchOS 5 it will drop support for the Series 0 and free Apple to really push forward on what is possible for developers.”

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular). The freedom to go with just your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular). The freedom to go with just your Apple Watch.

“So far the data is looking promising that this dream of mine might actually be possible,” Smith writes. “The Series 3 is being adopted incredibly quickly and just last week became the most popular Apple Watch overall amongst my users with 33% of the overall user-base. The Series 0 is steadily falling, currently at around 24%.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Series 0 Watch users can’t expect it to be supported by current watchOS releases forever. Still, 24% is quite a high number to leave behind. The good news is that, compared to a Mac, an iPad Pro, or an iPhone X, new Apple Watches are relatively inexpensive, so Apple’s moving forward might spur an upgrade wave.

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  1. I’m still rocking the “series 0” It still does what I need. Tracks my runs, unlocks my mac and front door of my home, quick short text replies, adjusting sonos stereo volume, and most of all, just showing time and weather and i’m still at around 40% battery life at the end of the day.

    I’ve just been waiting for 3 things. Always on display, new thinner design, and larger display before I’ll buy a new one.

  2. My wife, my children, and I all bought Series 0 Apple Watches. I upgraded this year to the Series 3 (SS which comes with LTE). I love having LTE and the faster performance. My family is still happy with their original watches and feel no urgency to upgrade. My Series 0 is being happily worn by a relative. Just because more Series 3s are being sold, and more people are upgrading, it doesn’t mean Series 0 will soon fall out of use. If I were a betting person, my wager would be on Watch OS 5 supporting Series 0.

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