A picture posted on Instagram may have given us our first look at the Apple Watch Series 5.
The snap (you can see below) was spotted by Slashleaks, which was apparently uploaded by an Instagram user in France. It appears to show off what at first glance looks like an Apple Watch Series 4.
Essential reading: Best smartwatches to buy right nowApparently what might give away that this is something new and not the current Watch is some of the information displayed on the watch screen. It shows that the smartwatch is running watchOS 6 and is an LTE model judging by the Orange France network displayed below the software version number.
What’s more interesting here is that the model number on the watch is A2157. That is one of a series of new model numbers that was included in official Apple documentation filed with the Eurasian Economic Commission earlier this week.
Now, we live in a day and age where images are easily doctored and this could well be the case here. But if this does give us a glimpse at Apple’s new Watch, it seems that we can expect a design that won’t shift too far away from the one on the Series 4.
That wouldn’t be all that surprising considering the design changes made to the Series 4 were the most radical ones made since the original launched, offering bigger screens and bigger model sizes.
This alleged Series 5 pic could also suggest that most of the new features will come in the software department. That would tie in nicely with a report in Bloomberg that claims this year’s Watch will offer more “muted” changes and will focus on new features introduced in watchOS 6.
The report also referenced the assets discovered in the latest watchOS 6 beta that suggested Apple could launch new Watch models in titanium and ceramic models. If accurate, it would be the first time Apple has launched a smartwatch with a titanium case option.
What a picture like this can’t show us is whether Apple will change up things on the display front, something that has been rumored to appear on a future Apple Watch. Speculation that an Apple Watch with MicroLED display was in the works resurfaced last month after we first heard reports of the display switch-up earlier this year.
Whether Apple has something new in store for us or not, it seems all may be revealed on 10 September. That’s the date Apple is tipped to introduce a host of new hardware that could include some new Apple Watches for us to play with.