Buying An Apple Watch For Christmas? Order Before Thursday Or You May Not Get The Chance…

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Apple is pausing the sale of Apple Watches due to patent disputes. Here’s what you need to know!

man wearing apple watch series 9 on wrist

This may be your last chance to buy that Apple Watch you wanted! 😱

Apple just announced that they are putting a temporary pause on the sale of two of their latest Apple Watches, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.

Online sales for these two watches will pause at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 21st and in-store sales will pause after Sunday.

The halt is due to a current intellectual property disagreement between Apple and Masimo over the Blood Oxygen feature found on the two models. It seems some of the components on the watches may violate existing patents.

Apple Watch series 9 with things showing on them

The complaint caused the International Trade Commission to slap Apple with a sales ban back in October. This ruling has been in the review period for just about 2 months and it will go into effect after December 25th. To err on the side of caution, Apple is preemptively halting the sale of its products starting on Thursday.

If you’ve already bought these watches, you should not have any issues with their functionality. According to news reports, Apple hopes to fight the ruling in order to make these watches available to customers in the future.

Man using an Apple Watch Ultra 2 underwater

If you were planning on buying one of these Apple Watches as a Christmas present, you’ll want to place your order before the pause begins.

For the best price on the the Apple Watch Ultra 2 (49mm), head to Best Buy where you can get it at a $50 discount:

For the best price on the Apple Watch Series 9 (41mm & 45mm), scoop the deals at the following stores:

  • TargetBuy the 41mm for $329.99 (reg $399.99) or the 45mm for $359.99 (reg. $429.99)
  • Walmart – Buy the 41mm for $329.99 (reg. $399) or the 45mm for $359.99 (reg. $429)
  • Best Buy – Buy the 41mm for $329 (reg. $399) or the 45mm for $359 (reg. $429)

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About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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