I tend to upgrade only when needed or when it will make a real difference. I still use a mid-2014 MacBook Pro. It hasn’t been replaced because it hasn’t died. Also, until recently Apple didn’t have a decent replacement. Now they have.
I went from an Original AppleWatch to a Series 3 and then to a Series 5. I skipped the Series 2 even though I wanted the waterproofing and I skipped the Series 4 even though I wanted the EKG and fall detection. I very nearly didn’t get the Series 5, after all the cheapest one is $420 (on sale).
Sometimes I upgrade when the cost is attractive. This was one of those times,
My wife had the opportunity to get a new Series 5 for £189 ($245) which was a steal. If we could sell our old watches for a decent price we could - in theory - upgrade both of our watches quite cheaply and this is what she proposed we do. This is the tally:
- New watch for me: $420
- New watch for Karen: $245
Total cost of new watches: $645
- Sell AppleWatch Series 3 LTE: $170
- Sell AppleWatch Series 4: $250
Total received from selling: $420
Net cost for two new watches: $225
Cost per watch: $112,50
Note: taken in isolation Karen made a $5 profit upgrading from a Series 4 to a Series 5, while the cost would have been $250 for myself which is why I wouldn’t have upgraded outside this scenario.