Apple continues its inventory leak. We've already seen an iPhone asset in iOS 13 Beta 7, which apparently confirmed the date of the iPhone event, and now iHelpBR has found assets that show that new Apple Watch models will be available soon a new Titan 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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When you see the images, the Apple Watch firmware plays an animation the first time the watch is set up, displaying the back design of the watch with the model name and the emblematic signature "Designed by Apple in California".
The items pictured are clearly for the 44mm screen, but iHelpBR has also found the 40mm clock. This confirms what we expected; The new watches have the same shell size as the Series 4 models.
Earlier this year, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo announced that Apple will launch a new ceramic Apple Watch this year.
Apple introduced the Ceramic Apple Watch Edition Series 2 and offered it in white. For the series 3 Apple also sold a gray ceramic paint. In the series 4 ceramics was completely taken out of the assortment.
And now there seems to be a comeback next to a brand new titanium case. Apple has not really used Titan in any of its recent products, with the exception of the recently released Apple Card: The physical swipe card is made of titanium. Maybe Apple believes titanium is back in fashion after years of glass and aluminum alloys.
It is not clear whether the stainless steel case is replaced by titanium or offered alongside. Presumably, the low-end aluminum watch will continue to be offered for cost reasons.
The question, however, is whether these new watches represent a general leap – Apple Watch Series 5 – or just new color and housing options for the existing Apple Series 4 watches. Perhaps the internal components of the watch have not changed, and Apple is just mixing the colors for the Christmas season. Unfortunately, these assets do not tell us which way to go.