Reportedly, the Cupertino tech giant will introduce the new Apple Watch Series 8, SE (2-generation), and Extreme Sports models at the September 7 event. Following the launch of new models, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg predicts that the tech company would discontinue the Apple Watch Series 3, its cheapest smartphone model for $199.
In 2020, Apple Watch SE was released, and starting from $279, the SE model offers the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as the Apple Watch Series 6 to support features like fall detection, Emergency SOS, Noise app, international emergency calling, and others.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer said that it combined “elements of the Series 6 design with the most essential features of Apple Watch, all at a more affordable price.”
Second-generation Apple Watch SE will not be a kids-focus cheaper model
As a usual practice, the tech giant discontinues older or similar products at the launch of new ones. Therefore, Series 3 which launched in 2017 will be discontinued.
Since Gurman believes a cheaper smartwatch model for kids is not coming, Apple might do two things to offer consumers a cheaper or affordable smartwatch:
- Lower the price of the Apple Watch SE (1st-generation). *More likely
- Retail the new Apple Watch SE 2 at $279 and lower the original SE’s price. *Less likely
Either way, the original SE would see a price cut. He also thinks that iPhone 13 will be discontinued and replaced with iPhone 14. He wrote:
Given that Apple will discontinue the $199 Apple Watch Series 3 this week, lowering the price of the new Apple Watch SE from $279 sounds plausible. But I don’t believe there is a new, ultra cheap kids-focused Watch coming as some have said.
Another possibility is Apple keeps the SE price for the SE 2 and then retains the original Watch SE at a lower price. But given the similarities that seems unlikely. It would also be odd if Apple doesn’t discontinue the regular iPhone 13 given the similarities to the regular 14.