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Summer savings are heating up: Grab the Apple Watch Series 9 for $100 off now

Apple's newest smartwatch with the latest health and fitness features is $100 off at major retailers, beating last week's Memorial Day discounts.
Written by Kayla Solino, Associate Editor
Reviewed by Allison Murray

Apple Watch Series 9 with the Snoopy watch face and Nomad's 2023 Limited Edition Sport Band.

Kayla Solino/ZDNET

The Apple Watch Series 9, released in September 2023 and highly rated by ZDNET, was available for Memorial Day 2024 in select models for $70 off at some retailers -- savings equal to those seen during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2023. But right now, you can save even more -- $100 to be exact, thanks to an even better deal following the annual holiday. You can now grab the Apple Watch Series 9 at select retailers for just $299 (save $100). 

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The Apple Watch has become a cult favorite smartwatch thanks to its seamless integration with the iPhone and the rest of the Apple ecosystem. Plus, it has several models to ensure the perfect fit for your lifestyle. If you want to upgrade or purchase a smartwatch for the first time ahead of your summer travels, the Apple Watch lineup is a great place to start.

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Right now, the Watch Series 9 41mm GPS is available for $299 ($100 off) in select colors and band sizes at Walmart. If you prefer to shop at Amazon, the same deal is available there, too. And last but not least, the same $100 discount is live at Best Buy

The Series 9 offers all the newest features and is one step up from the base model SE. The Apple Watch Series 9 can track activity, steps, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen (lung function), wrist temperature, sleep, and environmental sound levels (to protect your hearing). And it uses algorithms and machine learning -- aka, AI -- to spot dangerous patterns and alert you to seek medical attention. 

Read the review: Apple Watch Series 9: Don't settle for less expensive models, here's why

ZDNET editor-in-chief Jason Hiner recommended purchasing it over cheaper models after reviewing the Series 9 in 2023. 

"Inside the Apple Watch Series 9 is the S9 chip, making the popular smartwatch faster, smarter, and better at reading your body signals -- based on my real-world tests next to the last-generation model. That makes this year's Apple Watch Series 9 a generational step up. So, if you're in the market for an Apple Watch right now, I'd specifically recommend getting the Series 9 (or the Apple Watch Ultra 2) because the health tracking is such an improvement from previous models," Hiner said of the watch model in his review. 

If you're ready to snatch up Apple's newest Watch Series 9 before this deal expires, make your purchase soon. Check out more Apple Watch deals here if you're still on the hunt. 

When will this deal expire?

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