A ceramic Apple Watch prototype from 2014 has been shared on-line

An image showing an early ceramic prototype of the original Apple Watch from 2014

Newly-shared photos of an early Apple Watch prototype with a ceramic again present that Apple did check the placing materials lengthy earlier than the unique Apple Watch mannequin arrived again in 2014.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pictures present a ceramic model of the unique 2014 Apple Watch
  • In 2016, Apple began providing ceramic chassis with Collection 2
  • Apple Watch Collection 6 isn’t out there with the ceramic again

Apple examined ceramic Apple Watch fashions in 2014

The photographs have been shared by expertise collector DongleBookPro on Twitter.

And it’s straightforward to see why ceramic is an beautiful materials for a watch simply by glancing at newly-shared photos of a ceramic prototype of the unique Apple Watch that launched in 2014. It doesn’t take knowledgeable designer to comprehend {that a} ceramic watch seems beautiful in individual.

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Apart from being less expensive than strong gold, ceramic is 4 instances stronger than chrome steel. It’s due to ceramic that the earlier Apple Watch Collection 3 Version was referred to as probably the most scratch-resistant Apple Watch mannequin.

Proto-2F Ceramic Unique Apple Watch (S0)
Apparently this was manufactured in 2014, indicating Apple might have launched the ceramic mannequin with the unique watch against the Collection 2 https://t.co/Bq4ZaOZ7fO

Seeing these photos, Apple evidently had been experimenting with a ceramic again for the gadget lengthy earlier than the unique Apple Watch mannequin launched. It’s unclear why it skipped ceramic as an possibility again then, or possibly it isn’t—the unique mannequin included a gold-plated Version model, principally Jony Ive’s self-importance mission, priced at as much as $15,000!

Will Apple Watch Collection 7 be supplied in ceramic?

Apple first started providing ceramic again as an possibility with the discharge of Apple Watch Collection 2 in 2016. The next yr, Apple Watch Collection 3 additionally supplied the choice of a ceramic chassis. A ceramic mannequin was absent from Apple Watch Collection 4, however returned with Collection 5.

Though the present Apple Watch Collection 6 and SE fashions lack ceramic variations, that hasn’t diminished Apple’s love for the fabric. Based on one rumor, Apple might reintroduce ceramic watch casing with the up to date Apple Watch Collection 7 fashions coming later this yr.

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Hopefully, the corporate will discover a cheaper option to produce ceramic casings this time round as a result of the now-discontinued Apple Watch Collection 3 Version used to price a whopping $1,299 regardless of casing being the one distinction between it and the common fashions.

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