That’s right, Applestill sells the ancient Series 3 (at a regular price of $199 and up), while the Series 4 can currently be purchased from Woot, for instance, at a measly $129.99. These ultra-affordable refurbished units are obviously not perfect, exhibiting a “moderate level of wear & tear” and including a much shorter 90-day warranty (provided by the aforementioned Amazon-owned e-tailer) compared to the standard Apple coverage of a brand-new Series 3.
The Apple Watch Series 4 was released in 2018 and was discontinued a year later. It is currently in the spotlight for an unexpected cause. The S4-powered model is the first in Cupertino’s industry-leading wearable device family to enable watchOS 9, including all of the platform’s potentially life-saving new capabilities. Although not anticipated given the Apple Watch Series 3’s old age and the absence of watchOS 8 and watchOS 7 compatibility with 2016’s Series 1 and 2 watches, yesterday’s revelation may have come as a surprise to recent owners of the Series 4’s forerunner straight from its maker.
On the decidedly bright side of things, you have no reason to worry about functionality here (at least if you trust Woot’s testing process) and the battery of your Apple Watch Series 4 refurb should also work at “minimum 85% capacity”, which is really all you can hope for when buying such an old product.
Naturally, the Series 4 is overall faster than the Series 3, not to mention larger, especially in the 44mm variation sold at $129.99 today (and today only) with a space gray case and black sport band. This bad boy comes with a beautiful LTPO OLED Retina display capable of a resolution of 368 x 448 pixels, and perhaps most notably, it’s the first smartwatch of its kind to detect falls and take electrocardiogram (ECG) readings to continuously and carefully monitor your health.