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Apple drops support for the original Apple Watch now officially considered ‘obsolete’




Apple’s original Apple Watch is officially consideredobsolete,” which means repairs are off the table for anyone still checking the time on their Series 0 device.

The first generation watch was released in 2015, alongside an 18-carat gold version for $10,000 — but even that exorbitantly priced product is no longer supported by the maker.

An internal memo from Apple obtained by MacRumors confirmed the first-generation Apple Watch had made its way onto the list of obsolete products on September 30.

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That means hardware services and repairs, including repairs by service providers requiring new parts to be ordered from the tech giant, are no longer possible.

The product was already considered “vintage” as is eventually customary for products no longer sold by Apple.

The first generation Apple Watch officially became obsolete on September 30, which means repairs are no longer available. Credit: Getty Images

The WatchOS 5 software update in 2018 dropped support for the first-generation watches, which initially operated on watchOS 2.

But it has been seven years since Apple sold the product, bringing the stainless-steel and sapphire crystal — or solid gold — products to the end of their surprisingly short lifespan.

“Products are considered vintage when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than five and less than seven years ago,” Apple said on its website.

“Products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than seven years ago.

“Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, and service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.”