The end of an era — the 2015 Apple Watch is now considered vintage

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What you need to know

  • The Apple Watch is now considered vintage, according to Apple.
  • The 2015 MacBook Pros are also on Apple's list.

The first Apple Watch was released way back in 2015 and it was the beginning of a product line that has gone from strength to strength, quite literally saving lives as it goes. But all good things come to an end and Apple has now marked the Series 0 Apple Watch as vintage.

As of right now, the Apple Watch is on the vintage and obsolete product list that Apple maintains as a way to tell users what the situation is in terms of service for their products. It was also joined by the 2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks, too.

As a reminder, vintage products are described thus:

Products are considered vintage when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 5 and less than 7 years ago.

That means that Apple Watch will eventually be added to the obsolete list, which Apple describes like this:

Products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased.Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, with the sole exception of Mac notebooks that are eligible for an additional battery-only repair period. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.

All of this means that Apple Watches can't be repaired at Apple Stores or its service partners anymore, unless required by law in specific locales.

This all comes as Apple gets ready to release Apple Watch Series 7, a release that will be the best Apple Watch the company has ever made. None of that would have been possible without the very first Apple Watch, a wearable I still have in a drawer.

Actually, come to think of it, I have one of those 2015 MacBook Pro notebooks, too!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.