30 August 2019
We are getting closer to the time when Apple announces new hardware and even though we have heard iPhone 11 and new iPad reports, the rumor mill has remained silent about an Apple Watch upgrade. This is changing now as a new iHelp BR report mentions that Apple is working on new Apple Watch models with ceramic and titanium materials.
The publication's founder Filipe Espito spotted references in watchOS 6 developer beta. These references are simply image assets showing Apple Watch setup process interface. The images mention Ceramic and Titanium as the case material and 44mm as the wrist size. Those who own an Apple Watch must be familiar with this initial setup UI where it shows the wrist size and case material name along with Designed by Apple in California text.
Apple did release Ceramic models for Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 but did not continue with the material for the Series 4. It seems like we will be seeing a return of the material with the Apple Watch 5. As for titanium, it has never been used for any Apple Watch generation yet. Although, the recently released Apple Card does make use of titanium.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that despite the spotted references, there is no proof to believe that these new models are indeed meant for Apple Watch 5. These could also be Apple Watch Series 4 refresh models which means we will suggest you wait before getting excited about new smartwatch offerings from Apple. Since the Apple launch event is reported to be only a few weeks away, we would not have to wait longer.