Apple continues to sell assets to miss out on assets. We’ve already seen iPhone assets in iOS 13 beta 7 seemingly confirming the date of the iPhone event, and now iHelpBR has found assets showing new Apple Watch models on the way.
The pictures show that Apple is about to introduce a new ceramic Apple Watch and a new titanium Watch. Apple has sold ceramic watches in the past, but has not offered ceramic series 4, and titanium is a whole new direction for Apple Watch case materials.
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If you don't recognize the images, the Apple Watch firmware plays an animation at the first time the watch is set, which mimics the design of the back of the watch with the model name and the iconic signature "Designed by Apple in California".
The images shown on this page are clearly intended for the 44mm screen, but iHelpBR also found equivalent assets for the 40mm clock. This confirms what we expected; the new watches have the same chassis size as the 4 Series.
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year that Apple would launch a new ceramic Apple Watch this year, and the assets are sincerely returning.
Apple debuted the ceramic Apple Watch Edition line with the 2 Series, offering it in white. For the 3 generation series, Apple also sold gray ceramic paint. For Series 4, the ceramics were completely removed from the line.
And now it seems to be coming back with a brand new titanium case. Apple hasn't actually used titanium in any of its newer products, except for the newly released Apple Card: the physical scroll card is made of titanium. Maybe Apple thinks titanium is back in fashion, after years of glass and aluminum alloys.
It is unclear if it will be a stainless steel case replaced titanium, or offered with it. It is likely that a low-quality aluminum watch will continue to be offered from a cost.
The question, however, is whether these new watches are a general leap – the Apple Watch Series 5 – or just new color and casing options for existing Apple Watch Series 4 models. It is possible that the internal components of the watch have not changed and Apple is just mixing colors during the holidays. Unfortunately, these assets tell us nothing.