Apple may be ready to tweak the Apple Watch sooner than expected. While the firm typically upgrades or tweaks its products on a 12-month product refresh cycle, a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests it could happen much sooner this time around. Kuo said he has information suggesting that Apple will introduce three new Apple Watch models sometime this fall.
He suggests the refresh will come in the form of new cases. When the Apple Watch launches in April, Apple will sell aluminum models as part of its Apple Watch Sport package, stainless steel versions for the Apple Watch model, and gold and rose gold versions for the Apple Watch Edition. A recent report from The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple has been toying around with launching a platinum model, too, though it’s unclear if that’s one of the versions set to launch in the fall.
Kuo didn’t expand on his report and didn’t name any specific materials. He only suggesting that three new cases – Apple refers to the body of the Apple Watch as “cases” – are on the way. Kuo did note that he expects Apple to sell 5-6 million units during the first half of this year, and his estimate follows a report earlier on Wednesday out of China that suggests Apple’s initial order for the Apple Watch includes 3 million units.