Apple Watch Series 3 finally discontinued, as new SE takes its place in the line-up

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The Apple Watch Series 3 has finally been discontinued, some five years after it was launched back in 2017. The watch had remained on sale right up to the day before the event.

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While Apple positioned the elderly model as an ultra-budget option, priced at just $199, the S3 had become something of an embarrassment in the lineup …

Discontinuation of Apple Watch Series 3 long overdue

Even when compared to the original Apple Watch SE, it compared poorly. Features it lacked were:

  • 40mm and 44mm sizes
  • Larger display and smaller bezels
  • Cellular option
  • International emergency calling
  • Fall detection
  • Noise monitoring
  • Compass
  • Always-on altimeter
  • Haptic feedback from Digital Crown
  • LTPO OLED
  • W3 wireless chip
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Use of recycled aluminum
  • Support for Family Setup

That made it hard to recommend unless you really couldn’t spring for the extra $79 to buy the Apple Watch SE instead. The $79 saving really was its only virtue, and its main role of late appeared to be as a way for parents to keep track of their kids before the launch of AirTags.

As of today, you can buy the all-new Apple Watch SE for $249, further closing the gap.

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