The first link, 'a frustrated filezilla user' points to a reddit article where the body of the submission has been removed.
Apple did themselves a disservice by releasing the updated watches after only 1 year. They signaled to the market that the watch you buy will be best supported for only a short period of time. You're paying hefty prices for an adjunct to your phone. App developers will follow the performance and capabilities, and the supplanted devices will soon become hobbled in what apps they can run and how well they can run them.
If they slow down their product life-cycle, I'd pay their ask. For buyers like myself, they need to offer something that I can reasonably assume will not go end of sale for at least 2-3 years and also stay supported for another 3 years beyond that. You might respond, "well, the watch is still good after you buy it! They'll continue to support it!," which is not untrue, but see the above point about the app support. You might also say, "they have to stay competitive with the market!," to which I say..
If they don't, won't or can't slow down their product life-cycle, people like me see maybe a 3-4 year usable life-cycle for the product when we make a purchase decision. To get us to put down the money, they need to cut the price. The 42mm (with a sport band) in series 1 is $299, series 2 is $399. The series 2 adds GPS, water resistance, and better screen. Sorry, but I don't want a hobbled series 1 device that'll leave me unsatisfied at the short end of that cycle for $299. Try $150. The watch I'd want, the series two, I'd buy for $250, not $399.
Just my $0.02.
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The OP is using GAFE, Google Apps for Education. It's basically the same as the commercial offering. Students don't create their own accounts, the district likely has a process in place that automatically provisions the new accounts using something like Google Apps Directory Sync or a 3rd party app that uses the Google Accounts APIs. Kids / employees go to sign in and it Just Works. (TM).
(Source: I've implemented GAFE / GADS at a K-12.)
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