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Apple Watch Series 9 release date: When will the smartwatch be available?

We expect Apple to refresh its smartwatch lineup in September 2023 with the Apple Watch Series 9.
September 12, 2023
Apple Watch Series 9 Rings
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Apple Watches are arguably the best smartwatch you can buy, but only for people within the Apple ecosystem as they need an iPhone to work. If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, it may be worth waiting for the Apple Watch Series 9 headed to shelves soon. When is the Apple Watch Series 9 releasing, and when can you buy it? We answer all your questions about launch 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 set to begin on September 22.


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

When it comes to the launch of a new Apple Watch, Apple is quite predictable. The company has released a new generation every year since 2015 around mid-September. Going even further, Apple stuck with its trend of holding events on Tuesdays, selecting September 12 to launch its Apple Watch Series 9 and iPhone 15 series. Apple also announced the Apple Watch Ultra 2 during there same event and confirmed that the Apple Watch SE 2 would remain in production.

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

Apple usually takes a week or two to ship its new watches after launch. This year, however, the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 opened for preorders at the conclusion of Apple’s event, with open sales to begin on September 22.

There’s usually a rush of orders when the first sale begins. If you are not quick to act, you may see the delivery window for your order get delayed. Keep this in mind, especially if you are planning to gift the new Apple Watch to someone.

Can you rewatch the livestream of the Apple Event 2023?

Yes! Apple held its typically 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 waiting for the Series 9. At that time, you can either grab the new watch or purchase the older one at a lower price as it’s likely to go on sale. If you do not have a functional smartwatch and need a new one urgently, you can 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.