A newly disclosed Apple Watch Series 2 prototype has been published on Twitter by DongleBookPro, indicating that cellular compatibility was originally scheduled to be released a year earlier. Like the Series 3 watch, which was the first to arrive with cellular, the prototype revealed by DongleBookPro includes a red Digital Crown.
While the cellular functionality of this prototype is the most essential feature, it is also presented in an unannounced gold stainless steel finish. Apple did not produce a gold stainless steel Apple Watch until the Series 4, which was released roughly two years later. With the Series 2, the firm dropped the 18K solid gold editions in favor of a ceramic variant that was considerably more cheap. Only silver and space black were available in the stainless steel Apple Watch Series 2.
According to DongleBookPro, Apple eventually dropped cellular in the second prototype of the Apple Watch Series 2 because the internal modem caused the device to overheat. Even though the prototype seen in these pictures was still in the early stages of development, Apple etched the words “Series 2” on the rear above the crystal. It’s also using test software instead of watchOS, which has a whole different UI.