Apple may well keep secrecy when it comes to product design, but sometimes some information does come to us from different sources. Last week, we were able to see clear images of the brand’s laboratories installed in its Californian head office.
This time, it’s a little different since an informant whose identity remains unknown has just shared on Twitter photos of an Apple Watch prototype that would have been designed before the release of its original version in stores. We actually recognize the Digital Crown, the vibrator, the model number as well as a fairly wrapped format different from the hourglass figure of the latest models.
Obliterated Apple Watch 1st Generation (PVT Stage) Prototype. This Apple Watch rapidly kernel panics when attempting to power it on (seen in the serial output logs), gets extremely hot if left on for a few minutes and the logic board is physically cracked. pic.twitter.com/yaPjRikKpq
– Apple Demo (@AppleDemoYT) December 12, 2021
A very first test?
Unfortunately, the accessory is far from functioning perfectly. Worse, since as soon as its owner tries to turn it on, a bug simply prevents the operating system from launching without incident. The gadget, moreover, overheats in just a few minutes, which is reminiscent of the issues Apple reportedly faced when developing its AirPower wireless charger. In the end, this one will never have been marketed …
The motherboard of this Apple Watch prototype is also very damaged, as is the aluminum case. A collector’s item in very poor condition, therefore, the authenticity of which also remains to be proven. However, there is much to believe that passionate collectors are probably already dreaming of snatching this article, the value of which may reach several thousand euros.
See you in September for the next one
Since the first Apple Watch released in 2015, Apple has seriously improved the value proposition of its smartwatches. Their format has thus been reduced from forty-two to forty-five millimeters wide for the largest, while the diagonal of the screen has also been revised upwards for better visual comfort.
The Apple Watch Series 8 (assumed nomenclature) could be unveiled in the fall of 2022, along with two other wearable models including a second-generation Apple Watch SE and a version dedicated to extreme sports. In any case, this is what the journalist of Bloomberg Mark Gurman, often well informed on this subject.