Apple is set to unveil the 2019 series of iPhones in the second week of September this year. Rumours suggest that the US based company may also unveil its next generation Apple Watch Series 5 alongside the iPhones. In a latest, Apple has accidentally revealed information about the Apple Watch Series 5 in the latest beta of WatchOS 6.
First spotted by a website called the iHelp BRM, the latest WatchOS beta confirms that Apple is developing new ceramic and titanium watch models. This set of information comes from an animation that appears during the Apple Watch setup process. It also reveals that both ceramic and titanium variants will come in 40mm and 44mm case sizes.
Apple has never released a titanium model, and only offered ceramic versions for the Apple Watch 2 and 3.
These slick casings will likely be designed to attract customers looking for a fancier design that the normal aluminium or stainless steel models. Importantly, this latest leak comes from official Apple software – so it can be trusted.
However, the animation does not mention Apple Watch Series 5. But the fact that ceramic model was not available for the Apple Watch Series 4, it adds to speculation that the device in question could be the Apple Watch Series 5.
Meanwhile, it was reported recently that Apple smart wearables that include the Apple Watch and AirPods seem to be the new growth engines for the company. Apple is leading the global smartwatch market all the way by a wide margin. The company’s wireless earbuds called AirPods too are a huge business now. According to PhoneArena, the unit is “moving the needle” for Apple’s overall growth. The news report quotes a new research note from UBS analyst Tim Arcuri. According to Arcuri, although only 7% iPhone users own a pair of Apple AirPods, they are showing a ‘phenomenal growth’ leaving scope for higher future sales. Similarly, about 5.7 million units of Apple Watch were shipped in Q2 2019, a 50% year-on-year growth when compared to the same quarter last year. This was stated in a recent report by Strategy Analytics. The report also showed that Apple’s share in global smartwatch market had increased from 44% in 2018 to 46% in 2019.
This year, the likeliest dates for an Apple event are Tuesday, September 10 or Wednesday, September 11.
Of course, Apple is very unlikely to host an event on September 11, given that the day is a memorial for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City in 2001. So our money is on the former, so mark it in your calendars.