Apple Watch Ultra 3, the expected successor of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, might not launch until 2025, according to a report by PCMag. The report cites a Medium blog post by well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that Apple has not started the development of the Apple Watch Ultra 3, which is unusual given the company’s product development schedule.
Kuo says that Apple needs more time to develop innovative health management features, ensure the manufacturability of new features, and address issues related to Micro LED production. He also predicts that if Apple fails to begin work on Apple Watch Ultra 3 by December, it would confirm that the next Ultra smartwatch from the company would not be arriving in 2024.
Apple Watch Ultra 2 was launched in September with a new bold design
Apple introduced the Apple Watch Ultra 2 in September, along with the Apple Watch Series 9 and the iPhone 15 series. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is the second generation of Apple’s top-of-the-line smartwatch, designed for endurance, exploration, and adventure. It features a 49mm titanium case and flat sapphire front crystal that reveals the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display yet. It also has a customizable Action button that offers instant access to a variety of features, such as Workouts, Compass Waypoints, Backtrack, and more.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 has the best battery life of any Apple Watch, reaching up to 36 hours during normal use. Additionally, a new low-power setting, ideal for multi-day experiences, can extend battery life to reach up to 60 hours. The Wayfinder watch face is designed specifically for the larger Apple Watch Ultra display and includes a compass built into the dial, with space for up to eight complications. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 also comes with three new bands — Trail Loop, Alpine Loop, and Ocean Band — offering unique design features that provide a secure and comfortable fit for every adventure.
Apple Watch Ultra 3 could face a decline in shipments if delayed
Kuo also provides sales forecasts for the Apple Watch Ultra if a new model isn’t launched next year. He estimates that shipments for the high-end watch are expected to decline by 20–30 percent year-on-year in 2024, while total Apple Watch shipments could fall by 10 percent to about 35 million units.
While a new Ultra model for the Apple Watch might not arrive in 2024, Apple’s hands are full with a conveyor belt of products ready to hit the shelves next year. Earlier this week, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said in his Power On newsletter that Apple plans to launch new iPad models around March 2024. The company is reportedly working on refreshes for iPad Air, the entry-level iPad, and iPad mini.