Apple Watch SE May Feature Cost-Saving Plastic Case

Apple Watch SE May Feature Cost-Saving Plastic Case

Apple is reportedly testing the use of rigid plastic for the casing of the next generation Apple Watch SE in an effort to reduce costs. Currently, the Apple Watch SE is made from recycled aluminum and retails for $249, which is higher than Samsung's $199 Galaxy Watch FE. The move to plastic could make the device less environmentally friendly, raising concerns among environmentally conscious consumers. The potential shift in materials follows Apple's history of periodically updating its product lines to remain competitive in the market.

In addition to the potential changes for the Apple Watch SE, Apple is also planning updates for its regular and Apple Watch Ultra models, expected to be released in late 2024. The forthcoming Apple Watch Series 10 is rumored to feature thinner cases and slightly larger screens, although new health monitoring tools may be delayed. Reports indicate that features like hypertension and sleep apnea detection are facing challenges and may not be included in the immediate update. The new models, coded "N217" and "N218," are anticipated to continue the trend of coming in two different sizes.

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