Apple’s next Apple Watch may introduce a Titanium body, supported by several patents, and the iPhone 13 Pro goes on sale in China Friday+
In April 2017 Patently Apple first reported that Apple was considering the use of titanium in future Apple devices, including Apple Watch. Apple had filed for that original patent in September 2016. Since then, Patently Apple has posted several other titanium-related patents: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06.
Over the weekend, Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter forecasted that Apple's next generation of Watch is likely to include a rugged 'Pro' model and that will come with an all-new design with a "more durable formulation of titanium to make it extra rugged," something first introduced five years after the first patent was made public.
Gurman added that That design will reportedly be "an evolution of the current rectangular shape, and not circular and will avoid ‘flat sides’ and use a "more durable formulation of titanium to make it extra rugged."
In other Apple News, it’s being reported today by Bloomberg that Apple is preparing a rare iPhone discount on its top-tier iPhones and related accessories in advance of the launch of its next-generation devices. Apple will take up to 600 yuan ($89) off the price of its top-line iPhone 13 Pro series between July 29 and August 01.
To be eligible, buyers have to use one of a select number of payment platforms, such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Alipay. Certain AirPods and Apple Watch models are also part of the promotion.
The discounts come as China’s economy tries to bounce back from major Covid-19 lockdowns in business hubs Shanghai and Beijing, which have hurt sales of leading domestic smartphone brands from Xiaomi Corp. to Vivo and Oppo. Apple bucked the trend by registering healthy growth in China shipments in June, according to national statistics, though the discounts suggest even it has surplus inventory heading into the latter half of the year. For more on this, read the full Bloomberg report.