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Apple Watch Series 9 release date: It's here!

On schedule, Apple refreshed its smartwatch lineup in September 2023 with the Apple Watch Series 9.

Published onMarch 6, 2024

Apple Watch Series 9 Rings
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Apple Watches are arguably the best smartwatches you can buy, but only for people within the Apple ecosystem. If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, we recommend the latest generation, the Apple Watch Series 9. Find out everything you need to know about the device’s release date and availability.


Apple officially announced its Watch Series 9 as part of the Wonderlust event on September 12. The watch opened for preorders at the end of the event, with open sales beginning on September 22. It is currently available on shelves.


When is the Apple Watch Series 9 coming out?

An Apple Watch Series 9 on a users wrists displays their Move stats.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

The Apple Watch Series 9 is available now. On September 12, 2023, Apple launched its Apple Watch Series 9 and iPhone 15 series. Apple also announced the Apple Watch Ultra 2 during the same event and confirmed that the Apple Watch SE 2 would remain in production. All four of these devices can be found on shelves.

How soon will the Apple Watch Series 9 be available after launch?

The Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 opened for preorders at the conclusion of Apple’s September event, with open sales beggining on September 22. The devices are still available for ordering online or in stores for immediate pick up.

Can you rewatch the livestream of the Apple Event 2023?

Yes! Apple held its elaborate launch event for both the Watch Series 9 and iPhone 15 series on the same day. It was broadcast on YouTube like in years past, and you can rewatch the stream at this link.

What other products did Apple announce at the 2023 Apple Event?

Apple iPhone 15 Pro with older iPhones in background
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

At Apple’s September 2023 event, the company announced the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple also gave several accessories surrounding the iPhone a USB-C refresh, including new USB-C EarPods and a refresh of the second-generation AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case. Other updated accessories include Qi2-ready charging accessories and vegan cases.


We recommend the newest generation if you can afford it. The Series 9 features a powerful new chipset that will better future proof your investment. If you would prefer to save some cash, you can certainly pick up the Apple Watch Series 8, as it is still a powerful device that will receive relevant software updates.

The Apple Watch Series 9 features 5ATM water resistance like its predecessor.

No. Apple Watches need an iPhone to work. They do not work with Android. This situation is unlikely to change with the Apple Watch Series 9.

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