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 putting 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 accessible with the ceramic again

Apple examined ceramic Apple Watch fashions in 2014

The pictures had been shared by know-how 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 understand {that a} ceramic watch appears beautiful in particular person.

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Other than being less expensive than stable gold, ceramic is 4 instances stronger than chrome steel. It’s due to ceramic that the earlier Apple Watch Collection 3 Version was known as essentially the most scratch-resistant Apple Watch mannequin.

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

So, Apple had been experimenting with ceramic again lengthy earlier than the unique Apple Watch launched. It’s unclear why it skipped ceramic as an choice again then, or possibly it isn’t. As you understand, the unique Apple Watch included a gold-plated Version mannequin, mainly Jony Ive’s self-importance challenge, priced at as much as $15,000.

Will Apple Watch Collection 7 be supplied in ceramic?

Apple first started providing ceramic again as an choice with the discharge of Apple Watch Collection 2 in 2016. The next 12 months, 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. In keeping with one rumor, Apple might reintroduce ceramic watch casing with the up to date Apple Watch Collection 7 fashions coming later this 12 months.

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

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