Prototype Apple Watch shows off an early build of watchOS

Prototype Apple Watch
Prototype Apple Watch (Image credit: Apple Demo)

What you need to know

  • A prototype Apple Watch has popped up on the internet.
  • It shows off a build of watchOS before it was finalized.

It appears that a prototype Apple Watch has surfaced on the internet. Posted to Twitter by Apple Demo, the Apple Watch is contained inside a security case and features a pre-watchOS 1.0 build of Apple's original software for the Apple Watch. In addition, the software contains Apple's own internal testing apps and development settings.

"Prototype Apple Watch with Security Case runs an Internal Pre-WatchOS 1.0 build, complete with internal testing apps and development settings. It's extremely amazing that something like this could still exist; without having been destroyed."

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One of the more fascinating screens on the development software is the "Springboard zoom" app which shows off the Grid layout that eventually became the standard view for apps on watchOS.

"My favourite UI development test screen on the Prototype Apple Watch. The "Springboard zoom" app (located in Lisa Tester) shows an interactive representation of the home screen."

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It is always amazing to see prototypes of Apple's products that eventually form into their released state, and the quality of this one is certainly one of the best seen yet.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.