Apple might have planned a black ceramic Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 Ceramic Edition
Apple Watch Series 5 Ceramic Edition (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Images of a black ceramic Apple Watch outer shell have appeared on Twitter.
  • Apple only released a white ceramic Apple Watch Series 5 but this might mean a black one was considered.

Apple might have had plans to launch a black ceramic Apple Watch Series 5 to go along with the white one if new images shared to Twitter are any indication. The images show a black ceramic Apple Watch shell alongside a white one.

Shared by a prototype collector on Twitter, the images show just how stunning a black ceramic Apple Watch could have been. But given the white one cost $1,249 and up, it's unlikely a black version would have been any less costly.

It sure does look nice, though.

Apple prototypes and tests a ton of stuff that never finds its way to market and this could be another example of that. It's a shame though, because despite the high asking price few would argue against the ceramic Apple Watch being one of the better-looking ones. In fact, I'd argue it's the best Apple Watch the company has made to date.

With Apple set to announce a new Apple Watch later this year, there's always the chance we could see a return to ceramic, although it does appear unlikely. The Apple Watch Edition started at $1,249 and it's difficult to believe that Apple sold many of them. I've certainly never seen one in the wild, for example.

Would you buy a black ceramic Apple Watch Series 7 if it arrived this year? If money was no object, I know I would!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.