Back in September 2022, Apple launched the Apple Watch Ultra, which is the company’s most advanced and rugged smartwatch aimed at divers, hikers, and climbers. While we’ve had rumors on when the next-generation Apple Watch Ultra will be released, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, it looks like the second generation is just right around the corner as he expects Apple to introduce the upcoming model in September along with the Apple Watch Series 9 and the iPhone 15 series.
Kuo reported that the next-generation Ultra will feature 3D-printed components, which could include the Digital Crown, Side Button, and Action Button. All of Apple’s products to this day have parts that are CNC machined. Because Apple has been researching 3D printed technology, if everything goes well for 3D-printing the titanium parts for the Ultra, this would mean that Apple is pioneering this technology for the rest of the products that Apple will introduce going forward. Additionally, adopting this technology could allow improved production times and reduce expenses.
His report further supports Mark Gurman’s claim that the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra will be released this September, so it’s more likely that the Ultra will have the same annual update cycle as the mainstream Apple Watch series just like as the standard and Pro iPhone models has been following the same update cycle in the fall season.