Before the renders and leaks, which already aim to show the design and final characteristics of a device, there is an experimental moment in the life of a product that leads it to assume different forms, even far from the definitive ones, and the documents of this process can remain undetected, invisible, for years – or never filter through. In short, we are talking about prototypes, and in particular of an Apple Watch prototype.
In fact, images of what should be the prototype of the smartwatch unveiled to the world by Cupertino in 2014 have sprung up on the net: the veracity of the photos (published on Twitter by the user AppleDemoYT) is not proven, but they seem credible. The most interesting aspect is certainly in the external safety chassis, that is that large opaque frame that you see in the two images below, and which in the lower part also has a sort of Home button.
The fact of masking a product in an experimental phase, in order to alter its design and censor its decisive elements, is a proven practice: it is curious, however, that Apple has decided to "dress" its smartwatch as a sort of iPod nano (if a nostalgic tear drops just to read its name, you are authorized: recently Apple officially classified it as a vintage device).
Under the camouflage shell, however, the real chassis of the Apple Watch was already very close to what we have come to know in recent years. Closed the parenthesis on the past, we can return to the track most frequented by rumors, or the one that points to the future: the latest rumors about the Apple Watch Series 6 speak of a very close arrival, already in October.