Apple enthusiasts may have to wait until 2024 for the highly anticipated Apple Watch Ultra 3, according to insights from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. At the recent ‘Wonderlust’ event in September, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2, among other products. While the second-generation Ultra watch is now available, it appears that work on the Apple Watch Ultra 3 has yet to commence, which is a departure from Apple’s usual product development timeline.
Kuo, in a Medium blog post, revealed that Apple had not officially initiated the development of the Apple Watch Ultra 3. This delay is attributed to the company’s need for additional time to create innovative health management features, ensure the manufacturability of new elements, and address concerns related to Micro LED production. Kuo’s assessment suggests that the Apple Watch Ultra 3 may not be released until 2024.
The absence of a new Ultra model could impact Apple Watch Ultra sales in 2024. Kuo’s sales forecasts anticipate a decline of 20–30 percent in Ultra watch shipments year-on-year. Furthermore, he estimates that total Apple Watch shipments could decrease by approximately 10 percent to about 35 million units in 2024.
Despite the delay in the Ultra watch, Apple’s product pipeline remains busy for the coming year. Recent reports suggest that the company plans to introduce new iPad models in March 2024, including updates to the iPad Air, the entry-level iPad, and iPad mini. Additionally, a larger Pro version of the iMac with a 32-inch display is expected to arrive in late 2024 or 2025. Apple is also preparing a comprehensive overhaul of its successful AirPods lineup, with two new fourth-generation AirPods and an upgraded version of the premium AirPods Max headphones on the horizon. The entire AirPods range will reportedly feature USB Type-C charging, a redesigned look, and significant audio quality enhancements.
Apple continues to enhance the user experience with its smartwatches, recently introducing watchOS 10.1, which includes the new double-tap feature. This feature allows users of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to perform various actions, such as answering calls and responding to messages, by simply tapping their index finger and thumb together twice.
While the delay in the Apple Watch Ultra 3 may disappoint eager customers, Apple’s commitment to innovation and product development across its range of devices remains evident. The coming year promises a host of exciting new offerings for Apple enthusiasts.