Bought a $17,000 first-gen Apple Watch? Sorry, it will no longer be updated, says Apple

Bought a $17,000 first-gen Apple Watch? Sorry, it will no longer be updated, says Apple
Today, Apple unveiled the latest version, watchOS 5, of the software that makes its Apple Watch series of wearables tick.

And this latest update brings some great new features: a super cool walkie-talkie mode that does just what you think a walkie-talkie watch would do (the feature was actually unveiled nearly three years ago, but finally arrives with this update), automatic workout detection and a bunch more.

But here is the bad news: if you were among the early adopters, those who bought the very first generation of Apple Watches that the company unveiled in 2015... well, you are out of luck because you will not get this update. In fact, your watch has reached the end of its lifecycle in terms of software updates.

And yes, we get it: it's not one of those classical watches that you hand down from father to son, but some people paid a lot of money for those watches. In fact, those first watches was the exact time when Apple was testing the grounds with super premium gold watches that cost up to $17,000! To freshen up your mind that was the Apple Watch Edition, a timepiece crafted out of 18-karat gold. Of course, very few people bought those timepieces, but it must really suck realizing that such a huge investment can get outdated in such a short timespan.

And if that's of any consolation, all owners of the first-gen Apple Watch will not get any future updates, not just those fancy edition models.

For all else, watchOS 5 will come for all Apple Watch models after those very first ones, so at least that's good.

Important note: While this short support time for the original Apple Watch is definitely disappointing, Apple has actually exceeded expectations on the iPhone front and it will deliver iOS 12 to the same devices that support iOS 11, including the nearly five-year-old iPhone 5s.

source: Apple

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24 Comments

1. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

touche .. $17k brick soon... enjoy :p

2. kennybenny

Posts: 214; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Yet a 5 year old iPhone 5s can be updated to iOS 12...... If the watches are not getting the full 5 year support, then the prices should come down to $199 that'll be reasonable.......

12. hopper

Posts: 75; Member since: May 08, 2017

u mean the gold version right :)

3. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I really don’t think anyone that could afford to spend $17k on an Apple Watch will care, assuming they even still wear it.

4. Sammie246

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2018

Exactly, if the person are rich enough to won one, I am sure he got a $17K Watch 2, 3....4....

11. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The ones that spent 17K on a watch has the right to be the most pissed. You saying if it was you that you wouldn't care, right.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have a series 3, so I’m good, but that is a bad apple. The OG Apple Watch isn’t old enough to be obsolete. Not good at all Apple.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think when it comes to smartwatches we can expect a 3 year update support. The Moto 360 also stopped getting updates on it's 3rd year. Samsung did put out an update to it's Gear S2 which is also about 3 years old, but it is important to note that it wasn't a major OS update to Tizen 3.0 like the S3. And it probably will never receive the Tizen 3.0 update.

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You guys are all acting like the series 1 will stop working as advertised. I think Apple should be obligated to bring updates to those that paid so much, but it’s not like they stop being useful or w/e. ...or at least have a service to swap out internals from an updated version (they use almost the same shell).

8. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Awww gee, that's gonna keep me up all night!

9. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sucks to be you.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

WebKit on Apple Watch is pretty nice.

13. sabretigger

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I update my 80's Rolex by winding the crown.

14. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Who pay $17k for a watch do you think care about update? $17k is nothing when you compare Apple Watch to Rolex watch lol.

15. Texman82

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

Come on now, it's a collectable! Like the first Mac computer...

17. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

As a watch fan, I was all set to buy a smartwatch last year. Then I realized it would be garbage in a couple of years and decided not to bother.

21. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

If you look at it like only a watch, it will still work just fine.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6788; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That guy's dog will be pissed lol. Wait...he looked pissed on day one!!

19. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

ahahaha. it's ok. no need to feel bad for anybody. if u have 17K to spend on a dumb watch then, u have another 20K to spend on the 2018 model too. no harm no foul.

20. gamehead unregistered

If you spent that much on a watch, idgaf

22. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

My $60 Seiko 5 automatic still run beautifully for 20 years.

23. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

It was a matter of time. Prime reason why spending more than a couple hundred bucks on a wearable is extremely poor judgement. But if you're spending $17k on a smart watch versus a proper time piece like Rolex, Omega, or Cartier then you clearly are not as concerned about your ROI in the long run.

24. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

It was a matter of time. Prime reason why spending more than a couple hundred bucks on a wearable is extremely poor judgement. But if you're spending $17k on a smart watch versus a proper time piece like Rolex, Omega, or Cartier then you clearly are not as concerned about your ROI in the long run.

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