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Apple Watch Ultra 2 release date rumored for this year

Two reliable sources have hinted at an Apple Watch Ultra 2 release date set for this year, suggesting the high-end smartwatch will receive yearly refreshes.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 release date header showing a large smartwatch on a man's wrist. Everything is in black and white except for the watch, which has a white compass on its screen, silver casing, and a bright orange strap.

An Apple Watch Ultra 2 release date might be nearer than you think, as both Mark Gurman from Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have suggested the top-end smartwatch could receive a refresh later this year to pair with the new best 5G phones from Apple around the same time.

As covered by Tom’s Guide, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggested the Apple Watch Ultra 2 could see a release later this year in his Power Up newsletter at the end of June. This has been backed up by Kuo, writing on Medium, who suggests the watch will launch in the second half of 2023.

That would mean Apple would launch the Apple Watch Ultra 2 at its September event, if the company’s event schedule matches that of years prior. In the post, Kuo mainly talks about the possibility of the integration of 3D-printing technology in the watch’s manufacturing process.

“My latest survey indicates that Apple is actively adopting 3D printing technology, and it’s expected that some of the titanium mechanical parts of the 2H23 new Apple Watch Ultra will be made by 3D printing”, the post reads.

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“If shipments go well, I believe more Apple products will adopt 3D printing technology, which will help improve production cost and ESG performance in Apple’s supply chain, and the above-mentioned suppliers will also benefit from this new production trend.”

While these Apple Watch Ultra 2 release date rumors are just that – rumors – it’s still interesting to consider the company offering yearly refreshes on such a high-end device. For more, check out our guides to the best iPads and the best gaming iPhone to make sure you pick the correct device.