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Apple Watch Ultra 2 comes in Q4 with 3D printed parts

The well-known tipster on all Apple topics, Ming-Chi Kuo, today commented on the current status of Californian smartwatches. More specifically, the upcoming Apple Watch Ultra 2. The analyst confirmed earlier rumors that Apple will release a sequel to the original model later this year.

Kuo only mentions that the new Apple Watch Ultra will be launched sometime in the second half of this year. But it would make sense that the market launch will happen in September together with the new iPhones. Or the new Apple smartwatch gets its own date in October, which is less likely.

Regardless of when that happens, there will be an interesting new component: 3D printed parts. Apple is said to be actively adopting 3D printing technology and using this process for “some of the titanium mechanical parts” of the upcoming Watch Ultra. The components still need to go through some CNC processes, but even moving some of the components to 3D printing will still reduce production times and costs. Therefore, the step for Apple should be without alternative.

According to Kuo, Farsoon and BLT are supplying the corresponding 3D printers for Apple. IPG Photonics is the exclusive supplier of the required laser components. If the introduction of 3D printing into production of the Apple Watch Ultra goes according to plan, the company is likely to adopt the technique for even more of its products in the future.


Toni Hobrecht
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