Apple Watch 3: New Leak Predicts Watch Colors, New Digital Crown And Confounds Earlier Rumor – Forbes

David Phelan

Apple Watch Edition in its spiffy ceramic case. Could a new gray ceramic color be on its way?

If you thought, with next Tuesday’s special event now so close, that there would be no more leaks, suggestions or rumors, think again. Last night the Golden Master firmware of iOS 11 appears to have been leaked to publications including 9to5Mac and MacRumors.

Golden Master isn’t the name of a superhero, sadly, but it is the software that is usually released after Apple’s keynote conference announces its products.

As such, it contains code which only pertains to the newly revealed items. Such as the stuff that’s relevant to the Apple Watch.

To begin with, it hints at two new colors for the Apple Watch’s case: Blush Gold, which sounds like an exotic variety of apple. Which, I suppose, is exactly what it may turn out to be, especially if it also turns out to be a shade for the tenth-anniversary top-of-the-range iPhone.

Additionally, the leaked firmware promises a second new color, Ceramic Gray. Presumably, this is a new color for the Apple Watch Edition timepiece, which is the especially attractive, super-robust Watch, currently only available in a white hue. A gray ceramic Apple Watch sounds pretty appealing.

In the software, there’s also evidence of a new watch, which for shorthand’s sake we’ll call Apple Watch Series 3. It looks different because it offers two new elements, a new Watch face and a red digital crown. Since the Watch face includes a complication showing a phone, it seems likely that this indicates the rumor of an Apple Watch with LTE capabilities thanks to a built-in electronic SIM are likely.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 07: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its smart phone, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 2, as well as AirPods, the tech giant’s first wireless headphones. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

And it also seems to scotch the former rumor that it wouldn’t be possible to make calls on such a watch. After all, 4G is capable of supporting voice calls on some mobile networks, often at higher voice quality than 2G.

In which case, the new Apple Watch Series 3 just got very interesting indeed.

Tim Cook was once seen wearing an Apple Watch with such a distinctive digital crown and 9t5Mac’s Jeff Benjamin thinks it’s possible that Cook was testing the LTE watch back then.

I’m skeptical, not least because other Watches have had the red digital crown. It’s long been rumored that a special edition Watch was fashioned exclusively for a tight circle of senior Apple execs, and the digital crown on these was red. I imagine Cook just may have qualified for this elite group.

And the first Apple Watch Edition, that super-expensive first-generation Watch made of gold or white gold, also had a red crown. So we know that Apple identifies such a detail with premium qualities. Which is exactly what an LTE-capable Apple Watch Series 3 would be.

Incidentally, the Golden Master firmware image looks like it’s a space gray aluminum Watch, suggesting that every level of Watch might have LTE capabilities.

But I have one more theory – could this in fact be the Ceramic Gray finish on Apple Watch Series 3 Edition?

Not long now until we know for certain.

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