Apple has reportedly conducted 3D printing tests to manufacture some of its future watches.
The tech giant recently did the same for the steel casing of the Apple Watch 9, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. The 3D printing process has been in the works for several years, according to the outlet, which attributed the information to unnamed sources.
FOX Business has contacted Apple for comment on the Bloomberg report.
The Apple logo at one of the company’s stores on March 18, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.
The upcoming Series 9 of Apple’s smartwatch is yet to be officially announced by the iPhone maker. Apple Watch Series 8 debut in 2022.
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Bloomberg pegs the percentage of all Apple Watch units with stainless steel casings at around 10%. Aluminum reportedly serves as the base metal for most of them.
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According to Bloomberg, the company wants 3D printing to be involved in manufacturing the Ultra model of the Apple Watch next year with a titanium case.
In the future, other devices could reportedly see the technology brought into their production. According to the outlet, it will depend on how it fares with the upcoming Apple Watches.