A look at a prototype Apple Watch running pre-watchOS software has apparently hit the internet.
In photos discovered by Twitter account Apple Demo, the wearable is covered by a security sleeve that hides the form factor of the watch. This aligns with Apple’s trend to hide hardware in the process of work in special boxes so that employees trying it out in the wild don’t leak their design.
The prototype Apple Watch with safety case runs an internal Pre-WatchOS 1.0 build, complete with internal test applications and development settings. It is extremely surprising that something like this can still exist; without having been destroyed. #appleinternal pic.twitter.com/WDTWP0NpIp
– Apple Demo (@AppleDemoYT) December 27, 2020
Also, the hardware doesn’t feature a digital crown and instead only has two buttons on the left side and a home button-like input built into the case.
In the images, you can also see the initial user interface and some applications, including the “Springboard Zoom” that offers an interactive experience of how the watchOS home screen would work. Interestingly, there is even a Lisa Simpson app icon for the ‘Lisa Tester’ app to reference the Apple Lisa computer from the ’80s.
It’s unclear where these images originally came from, but nonetheless, they offer an interesting look at what the Apple Watch might have looked like at an earlier time.
Image Credit: Apple Demo YT