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Rumor | Apple Watch Ultra 2023 titanium moving parts to be made using new 3D printing process

The original Watch Ultra. (Source: Apple)
The original Watch Ultra. (Source: Apple)
According to a well-respected and typically accurate source, Apple will launch a second generation of the Watch Ultra later in 2023. This top-end wearable will still have parts made of titanium - however, they may be manufactured in a whole new way. The cutting-edge technique is said to make it cheaper and easier for the Cupertino giant to make its latest flagship smartwatch.

Apple is now projected to update the Watch Ultra with a new model about a year after unleashing the first-gen version of its 'adventurer-class' smartwatch on the market. Furthermore, its premium bragging rights as a wearable with titanium in its construction are now tipped to get an upgrade this time around.

Ming-Chi Kuo's latest public missive hints that the "new Apple Watch Ultra" might look (or at least be marketed) a little differently, as the Cupertino-based behemoth has also made some upgrades to its production process.

They involve the introduction of 3D printing, although Kuo does not specify to which "mechanical parts" the increasingly ubiquitous technique is to be applied. The Watch Ultra's buttons and crown may be prime candidates - then again, that possibility may further squash all scope of their going solid-state any time soon.

The change to Apple's mass production methods is backed to help it keep the top-end wearable's BOM under control - even if the resulting 3D-printed components still have to be 'finished' using traditional CNC milling. The Watch Ultra in question is projected to launch in the second half of 2023.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-07-15 (Update: 2023-07-15)