In a nutshell: Apple’s second-generation Watch Extremely could possibly be noteworthy not due to what it provides, however due to what it takes away. A Weibo leaker with a confirmed observe report claims the brand new Apple Watch Extremely can be lighter than its predecessor. The leaker did not go into specifics, however something weighing lower than the present model will possible be welcome.
The primary-gen Apple Watch Ultra arrived in September 2022 and suggestions the scales at 61.3 grams, or 2.16 ounces. For comparability, the 41mm aluminum Apple Watch Collection 8 weighs simply 32 grams whereas the bigger 45mm variant checks in at 38.8 grams (or 51.5 grams if you need a chrome steel physique).
Famend Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo lately said he believes Apple is actively adopting 3D printing expertise and will put it to use to create titanium-based mechanical elements for the upcoming second-gen Apple Watch Extremely. 3D printed elements would nonetheless need to undergo CNC machining for back-end processes, Kuo added, however it might nonetheless reduce down on manufacturing time and cut back general manufacturing prices.
It is unclear if the 3D printed elements will assist contribute to creating the watch lighter.
Elaborating additional, Kuo stated IPG Photonics is the unique provider of laser elements for 3D printed watch elements, with printers coming from Farsoon and BLT.
Apple is extensively anticipated to announce its new Watch Extremely alongside the Watch Collection 9 within the coming months. Final yr, Apple unveiled its new Watch lineup through the keynote for the iPhone 14 however we have additionally seen the corporate introduce new wearables individually. It is nonetheless too early to know if this yr’s Watch household will share the stage with the iPhone 15.
A rumor from earlier this yr urged the Apple Watch Collection 9 will make the most of a processor based mostly on the A15 SoC from the iPhone 13. Not a lot else is thought in regards to the wearable at this hour however that’ll possible change within the coming weeks as we inch nearer to the eventual reveal.