Should you upgrade your Mac? How about iPhone? What about iPad? Or, Watch? Or, dinner? Or, your car? A recent opinion piece asked the simple question, “Was Apple Watch Series 3 Worth The Upgrade From Series 2?”
This is where a technology writer gets to show their stuff. The proper answer is, “It depends.” There are many factors and they’re typical for almost any tech gadget upgrade. Money. Features. Benefits. In this case Anthony Bouchard managed to squeeze a mountain from a molehill.
For the most part, every Apple product gets an upgrade every now and again. Sometimes annually. Sometimes every few years. iPhone and Watch? So far, every year. Mac mini and Mac Pro? You could get a college education between upgrades. As to Watch Series 3 vs. Watch Series 2, the math works this way.
Siri Talks – instead of glancing at the Watch screen while driving, ask Siri and ye shall receive an audible response.
Faster – Apple-designed CPUs seem to get faster every year, and they use less battery. What’s not to like?
Barometric Altimeter – yet another sensor stuffed into that little case; this time a barometric altimeter. Think elevation. Most of us won’t use it, but it’s there.
Wireless Charging – OK, we already have that in previous Watch models but it’s not really wireless as much as induction charging, but Apple promises Watch Series 3 will work with the future AirPower mat. Dr. Who will deliver the first shipments at some time in the future.
LTE – duh.
Storage – older Watch models mustered up 8GB of SSD storage but Series 3 doubles that to 16GB for the same price. If storage is an issue, an upgrade will help.
Watchbands – my growing collection of Watch watchbands fit on the newer Watch models, too. Lucky me.
Apple Music – yeah, I like this idea but in practice it’s rather, uh, well, lame. Headphones are better. But Watch Series 3 speakers are very good (all things considered; like physics).
Those are all valid reasons to upgrade from Watch Series 0, Watch Series 1, and Watch Series 2 to Watch Series 3. The negatives to an upgrade from any model Watch are modest. Price. Basic functions. Regardless, it’s still a choice; a preference.
I read another missive from a Slate writer who complained about upgrading to new iPhones every year. Here in Illinois we don’t have such draconian laws. We can upgrade to a new device whenever we want and as much as the state government would appreciate the tax lift, they can’t really pass a law to make it happen without some kind of constitutional challenge.
Unless we’re talking about health care.