More than six years after release, Apple has added the original Apple Watch models released in 2015 to its list of vintage and obsolete products.
The original Apple Watch, sometimes called the "Series 0," was first released in April 2015 with a starting price of $349. Its inclusion on the vintage and obsolete list marks the first time an Apple wearable has been declared "vintage."
In 2016, Apple continued to iterate on the original Apple Watch formula with the Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2. Those two wearables were eventually succeeded by the Apple Watch Series 3 in 2017, which Apple still sells.
Apple defines "vintage" devices as those that have not been manufactured for more than five years but fewer than seven years. "Obsolete" products, on the other hand, are those that have been discontinued for more than seven years.
Products on the "vintage" list have limited support or repair options. Obsolete products are not able to receive hardware service from Apple technicians or Authorized Service Providers, with "no exceptions."
Apple recently unveiled the Apple Watch Series 7 at a keynote event in September. The new model, which is expected to debut sometime later in the fall, sports a larger display area, increased durability, and higher overall brightness.