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Technology Updating an Apple Watch Series 3 is a nightmare in 2021

01:25  05 may  2021
01:25  05 may  2021 Source:   theverge.com

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The Apple Watch Series 3 was first released in September 2017, bringing fitness improvements and a faster processor. Nearly four years later, in 2021 , Apple is still selling the Series 3 as its entry-level Apple Watch model starting at 9, an savings compared to the more recent Apple Watch SE. Normally, updating an Apple Watch is an annoyingly long but straightforward process: you charge your Watch up to 50 percent, plug it in, and wait for the slow process of the update transferring and installing to your smartwatch. But the non-cellular Apple Watch Series 3 has a tiny 8GB of

The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at 0 without LTE and at 0 with LTE. You might want to hold off a bit before picking up an LTE-enabled Apple Watch , though. On Wednesday, September 20, Apple released a statement about “connectivity issues” it’s attempting to resolve ahead of the Apple Watch Series 3 ’s ship date . A Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 3 sporting exclusive new colors and an updated fitness app will be available in 38mm and 42mm sizes from Apple .com, Nike.com, Apple Stores, some Nike retail stores, a few Apple Authorized Resellers, and stores like Macy’s and

The Apple Watch Series 3 was first released in September 2017, bringing fitness improvements and a faster processor. Nearly four years later, in 2021, Apple is still selling the Series 3 as its entry-level Apple Watch model starting at $199, an $80 savings compared to the more recent Apple Watch SE. Only, as I’ve recently learned, “still selling” and “supporting in a reasonable manner” are two very different things, and updating an Apple Watch Series 3 in 2021 is a nightmare of infuriating technological hoops to jump through.

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Normally, updating an Apple Watch is an annoyingly long but straightforward process: you charge your Watch up to 50 percent, plug it in, and wait for the slow process of the update transferring and installing to your smartwatch.

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As does the Apple Watch Series 3 , which, over three years later, is still available. The Series 3 is starting to age out, but it can do a lot for its 9 price tag. The Apple Watch SE is a hybrid of the Apple Watch Series 5 (which has since been discontinued) and the Apple Watch Series 3 . The 9 smartwatch doesn't have all the Series 6's features, but still stands out for its speedy chip and safety features. It also offers an LTE option, making it a good choice for those interested in trying out Family Setup.

If you have an Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 2, however, you might want to consider upgrading. So what’s new in the Apple Watch Series 6? Fresh stand-out options include four new colourways: Graphite stainless steel, (PRODUCT) RED aluminium, gold stainless steel, and the blue aluminium we have been using. Then, in terms of features, you’ve now got a blood oxygen monitoring option – otherwise known as SpO2 tech. This makes use of a new red light sensor that monitors the colour of the blood being reflected back, and thus the level of oxygen in it. These readings will automatically be

But the non-cellular Apple Watch Series 3 has a tiny 8GB of internal storage, a fair chunk of which is taken up by the operating system and other critical software. So installing a major update — like the recently released watchOS 7.4 — goes something like this:

  1. Unpair and wipe your Apple Watch to factory settings
  2. Set up the Apple Watch again and restore from backup
  3. Realize you weren’t supposed to restore from your backup yet
  4. Watch an episode or two of Brooklyn Nine-Nine while you wait for the backup to finish restoring
  5. Start from step one again — but as a brand-new Apple Watch, without restoring from an existing backup
  6. Update completely fresh Apple Watch, which now has enough free memory to update
  7. Consider how much you actually want to use this face unlocking feature everyone keeps hyping up in the first place
  8. Unpair and wipe the Apple Watch a third time
  9. Restore from your backup and finally use normally

And the issue seems to apply whether you’ve installed a pile of apps or not. Apple’s support website doesn’t even recommend that Series 3 owners bother trying to clear up space — it just advocates that they go straight to the aforementioned reset cycle.

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Apple Watch Series 5 or Apple Watch SE stuck in power reserve or won’t charge. It’s always worth seeing whether your iOS device or Apple Watch needs an update . To check your Apple Watch ’s update status, open the Apple Watch app on your iOS device and go to General > Software Update .

The Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE debuted alongside a new iPad Air (2020 ), while the iPhone 12 lineup received a standalone reveal (all virtual, of course.) It's possible that Apple will recombine its fall hardware announcements if a live, in-person keynote can happen in 2021 . Blood pressure monitoring: There are a few reasons why blood pressure monitoring could come to Apple Watch next year. First, it's a viable candidate for the company's informally annual health feature upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has a sensor for blood pressure monitoring, so there's already a template

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It’s clear that the current process is untenable.

I’m an editor at a technology news site and willing to put in the comical amount of time and energy to manage this, frustrating as it might be. But if you’re a more casual user — the same one who is likely to own an older, outdated Watch in the first place — why on earth would you bother with the worst update mechanism since GE’s instructions for resetting a smart bulb? And being able to update your hardware’s software is important: the just-released watchOS 7.4.1, for example, patches a critical security flaw. But with it being so difficult to install, there’s a good chance that plenty of Series 3 owners won’t bother.

I know that Apple loves to claim support for as many older hardware generations as it can with each new update. It’s one of the biggest appeals of Apple products, compared to the lackluster pace of updates on competing Android phones (like the just-deprecated Galaxy S8).

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Series 6); and three new Macs with Apple 's own M1 Chip (which it's safe to say has taken the PC world by storm). In a year when everyone had to work from home due to a global pandemic this rate of new product announcements was pretty good going. Can Apple possibly match it in 2021 ? We think there are a number of Macs likely to get updated soon and we predict that the first will be the 21.5in iMac. There could be more in store for the smaller iMac than a new processor though. We're hearing that Apple is planning to introduce a 23in model. It will have similar dimensions to the 21.5in model

The Apple Watch Series 6 has the most to offer when it comes to health tracking, but it also has another critical advantage: an always-on display. That means the watch 's screen is capable of showing your watch face even when the display would normally turn off, a useful feature that makes the Apple Watch perform better as a general purpose wrist watch . The Apple Watch Series 3 also has many of the same health and fitness capabilities of its pricier siblings, save for the ability to take an ECG and measure blood oxygen levels.

But the miserable update process for the Series 3 is a strong argument that Apple is being a little too generous with what it considers “current” hardware. Keeping the Series 3 around this long was always a money grab, a way for Apple to clear out old inventory and take advantage of mature manufacturing processes that have long since broken even in order to appeal to users who really can’t afford the extra $80 for the markedly better Apple Watch SE. It’s a similar trend to the inexplicably still-on-sale Apple TV HD, which is almost six years old and costs just $30 less than the brand-new 4K model. (Much like the Series 3, don’t buy a new Apple TV HD in 2021 either.)

But hopefully, with the announcement of watchOS 8 almost assuredly around the corner at WWDC this June, the company takes into account the basic functionality of its hardware when considering what it does and doesn’t offer support for. Because if Apple is going to insist on selling a product this old in the future, it’s going to need to be a lot more mindful of just how it actually handles its software support.

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