Which Apple Watch gives you the Best Bang for the Buck?

I was wondering, if I were to buy an Apple Watch today, which model would give me the best CPU performance bang for the buck?  Turns out, it’s the Series 4:

CPU speed in MHz Price Price/Perf Ratio
Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) 2652 $250 10.6
Series 6 (GPS, 44mm) 3447* $429* 8.0
Series 5 (GPS, 44mm) 2652 $329 8.1
Series 3 (GPS, 42mm) 1326 $209 6.3
  • The Series 6 isn’t out yet, but is expected in fall 2020.  I base the Series 6 CPU performance estimate and price based on the history of Apple Watch speeds and prices.  And yes, the Series 4 and Series 5 have the same CPU speed, so we should be seeing a jump with the Series 6.

AppleWatchPricePerformanceRatio2020

Personally, I’m waiting for the Series 6 in the fall, because I want the sleep tracking and blood oxygen detection features that are rumored to be coming.  But if I didn’t care about these things, and had to buy a watch now, I’d try and find a Series 4.

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