Exactly a year ago, I wrote an opinion piece saying why Apple should discontinue the Apple Watch Series 3. Well, it turns out that the Series 3 is still part of Apple’s lineup for a reason — but it’s not the only product the company should be leaving behind. It’s 2022, so why is Apple still selling these products?
Apple Watch Series 3
Yes, Apple still sells the Apple Watch Series 3. I understand that it’s now an entry-level model for people who may not have had an Apple Watch before, as the $199 price tag certainly sounds attractive. However, the experience you get with Series 3 in 2022 is far from the best.
Unlike the Apple Watch SE, which gives up a few premium features like the always-on display and ECG, the Apple Watch Series 3 is completely outdated by today’s standards. The screen is still the same as the first Apple Watch — more square, with massive bezels — and lacks support for many of the watch faces that were introduced with the latest watchOS versions.
But more than just the display and clock interfaces, the Series 3 faces another big problem: the 32-bit S3 chip. The Series 3 is the only Apple Watch currently available that is still based on an older architecture, with Series 4 and later containing 64-bit chips. Although the Series 3 runs watchOS 8, it’s unclear if it will last for another year of updates.
And when it comes to the GPS version, it only has 8GB of internal storage, which makes the user’s life a nightmare, especially when trying to install software updates on the watch. This shouldn’t be the consumer’s first Apple Watch experience.
Remember the old days when Apple released a new iPod touch every year to make it match the iPhone? Well, those days are gone. The seventh generation iPod touch was introduced in 2019 with the same A10 chip as the iPhone 7 and the design hasn’t changed. It has not been updated since then.
I can’t think of a good reason why Apple is still selling this iPod touch model. The 4-inch screen with an old chip and poor battery life make it far from ideal for gaming, and it doesn’t even have Touch ID on the Apple Pay home button. I once wrote that Apple could turn the iPod touch into a real gaming device if it wanted to, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Some might argue that the iPod is still available for kids or new iOS users, but why would anyone buy it? The 128GB version costs $299, and you can find a similarly priced iPhone SE with specials — it comes with a slightly larger screen, Touch ID, better cameras, Apple’s latest chip, and an entire phone inside.
Not to mention, the $329 entry-level iPad is a lot better than the iPod touch for someone curious about using iOS for the first time.
Apple TV HD
Last but not least is the fourth generation Apple TV, also known as the Apple TV HD. The situation here is similar to the Apple Watch Series 3 – you have a product from five years ago that isn’t exactly cheap but doesn’t offer the best experience either.
In fact, Apple doesn’t know if it wants the Apple TV to be a streaming device, a gaming device, or both. For a streaming device, Apple TV is expensive. As for the gaming device, the Apple TV does not have Triple A games.
But speaking specifically of the Apple TV HD, $149 is a bit too expensive for a 2017 device that can be discontinued at any time (did you know that it still runs on the same A8 chip as the iPad Air 2)? Either Apple will stop the Apple TV HD and focus on more powerful models, or it should make the HD model cheaper for the masses who just want a streaming device.
Even Apple doesn’t want you to buy these devices
Do you know what is the funniest thing? Even Apple doesn’t want you to buy these products. I recently visited the Apple Store and guess what? None of these products are displayed in stores. There is no mention of them. If you want an Apple Watch Series 3 or iPod touch, you need to ask a staff member.
Apple knows these products are outdated, so why does it keep selling and supporting them? I don’t have an answer about the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple TV HD, but I think Apple doesn’t want to give up the iPod brand, even if it means selling an old product that no one cares about.
But what about you? Do you think these products should have been discontinued by now? Let me know in the comments below.
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