A brand new report from prolific purveyor of Apple-related rumors and inside data Ming-Chi Kuo is out at this time. This time round, the analyst confirms earlier rumors stating that Apple will launch a sequel to the unique Apple Watch Extremely, and can achieve this later this yr.
Kuo solely mentions that the brand new wearable is coming someday within the second half of this yr, however it stands to cause that its launch would both happen in September together with the brand new iPhones, or maybe, much less seemingly, in October at one other occasion. No matter when it’s unveiled, it should sport an attention-grabbing feat: 3D printed components.
Apple is claimed to actively be adopting 3D printing expertise, and can use that course of for “a few of the titanium mechanical components” of the upcoming Watch Extremely.
These components will nonetheless should undergo some CNC processes, however even switching simply part of the manufacturing of some elements to 3D printing will nonetheless reduce manufacturing occasions and prices – which is why, we assume, Apple is doing it.
Kuo reveals that Farsoon and BLT are the 3D printer suppliers for Apple, whereas IPG Photonics is the unique provider of the laser elements required. If introducing 3D printing into the Apple Watch Extremely’s manufacturing works out nicely, then the corporate is anticipated to undertake the method for much more of its merchandise sooner or later.