According to reports, the US-based technology giant Apple intends to release its second-generation Apple Watch Ultra with 3D-printed mechanical components by the end of this year (2023).
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that this technology giant is aggressively enforcing 3D printing technology based on the supply chain. According to MacRumors, some of the titanium mechanical components of the upcoming Apple Watch Ultra will be produced via 3D printing. “Some of the titanium mechanical parts of the new Apple Watch Ultra will be made by 3D printing in the 2H23 time frame.”
The mechanical part of this watch will include the Digital Crown, Side Button, and Action Button. These titanium parts are presently CNC machined.
The modification may shorten production times and lower costs. Kuo predicts that more Apple products will eventually use 3D printing technology if supplier shipments go smoothly.
Previously, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman was the only source to suggest that Apple would introduce a second-generation Apple Watch Ultra. Along with this, the company will also launch Apple Watch Series 9 models later this year. This information gets more validity due to Kuo’s most recent report, which supports the idea that the Apple Watch Ultra will probably adhere to the regular Apple Watch series’ yearly update schedule.
Another report claim that Apple will introduce an upgraded model of the Apple Watch Ultra by the end of 2023. The revised Apple Watch Ultra, codenamed N210, along with two additional Series 9 Apple Watches, codenamed N207 and N208, will be available, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.
All three watches-the two Series 9 models and the new Apple Watch Ultra-are anticipated to be on sale alongside the iPhone 15 series this autumn. We might see the new Apple Watches at Apple’s September presentation when the company typically introduces its new iPhones and Apple Watch models.
Additionally, a new processor with either a 5 or 6 nm design is said to power the upcoming Apple Watches. The modification may shorten production times and lower costs. Kuo predicts that more Apple products will eventually use 3D printing technology if supplier shipments go smoothly.
According to Kuo, Farsoon Technologies and Bright Laser Technologies are the printer’s suppliers. At the same time, US-based IPG Photonics is the exclusive supplier of laser components for 3D printers used to create mechanical parts for the Apple Watch Ultra.
Meanwhile, a new kind of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) has been specially created to enable Apple’s R1 input processing chip. It is apparently going to be included in the future AR (augmented reality) headset Vision Pro.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 was once expected to debut in 2024 or 2025. But more recent claims, including some from reliable sources, have indicated that we will see it by the end of 2023.
On 7 September 2022, the Apple Watch Ultra was unveiled alongside the iPhone 14 models. It was then made available on 23 September 2023. We would anticipate seeing the Apple Watch Ultra 2 unveiled alongside the Apple Watch Series 9 at the start of September 2023 if the rumors that it will debut this year are true.
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