The original Apple Watch, released in 2015, has now been added to Apple’s obsolete product list as of September 30. This means that the first generation Apple Watch is no longer eligible for repairs or other services at Apple Stores and authorized retailers.
The obsolete product list also includes the expensive 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, which was discontinued in 2016 and had a price tag of up to $17,000. In terms of software, the first generation Apple Watch can only support up to WatchOS 5, which was released in 2018.
Additionally, the first generation Apple Watch came in aluminum and stainless steel cases, in both 38mm and 42mm sizes. The Hermès edition of the Apple Watch, crafted with premium materials, is also classified as an obsolete product.
Apple categorizes a product as obsolete in the realm of technology when it reaches a 7-year lifespan from the time the company stops selling it. As the first generation Apple Watch was discontinued in September 2016, following the release of the Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1, it is now considered to have reached that milestone quite recently.
TLDR: The first generation Apple Watch has been added to Apple’s obsolete product list, meaning it is no longer eligible for repairs or services. This includes the luxurious gold Apple Watch Edition. The first generation Apple Watch can only support up to WatchOS 5. It is now classified as obsolete after recently reaching its 7-year lifespan since it was discontinued in September 2016.