Apple Watch Ultra 2 rumor point to a lighter, more advanced wearable

A recent rumor posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo by user “Setsuna Digital” or “Instant Digital” suggests that this year’s Apple Watch Ultra will be lighter in weight compared to its predecessor.

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Apple Watch Ultra to offer leaner design with 3D-printed mechanicals

The current model of the Apple Watch Ultra weighs in at 61.3 grams, making it noticeably heavier than the 41mm aluminum Apple Watch Series 8, which tips the scales at just 32 grams. If the rumor proves true, this weight reduction could offer users a more comfortable and lightweight experience during daily wear.

Adding credibility to the speculation, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in on the forthcoming Apple Watch Ultra. Kuo indicates that the second-generation device will feature 3D-printed mechanical parts. Specifically, the components set to benefit from this additive manufacturing technology include the Digital Crown, Side Button, and Action Button – the sole mechanical elements of the Apple Watch Ultra. Currently, these parts are crafted through CNC machining, but the shift to 3D printing could present several advantages beyond weight reduction.

Apple Watch Ultra

One of the potential benefits of employing 3D printing technology in the Apple Watch Ultra lies in its ability to improve production efficiency and lower costs. With traditional manufacturing methods like CNC machining, there can be complex setups and significant material wastage. 3D printing, on the other hand, allows for streamlined production and reduced material usage, ultimately optimizing the manufacturing process.

However, whether the 3D printing approach will directly lead to weight reduction in the Apple Watch Ultra remains unclear. While additive manufacturing can offer design flexibility and lighter component options, other factors like materials and internal components could also play a crucial role in determining the overall weight of the device.

Apple Watch Ultra

Nonetheless, Setsuna Digital has earned a reputation for providing accurate insights into Apple’s plans in the past. For instance, they correctly predicted the introduction of a new Yellow color option for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in the spring.

As is typical with Apple’s product launches, details about the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra and the upcoming Apple Watch Series 9 models are being kept under tight wraps. While the new A15 Bionic chip has been confirmed for the Apple Watch Series 9, other potential upgrades and features remain a closely guarded secret.


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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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