“Apple may still have a few surprises in store for its Sept. 9 event, including a ‘revamped iPad keyboard’ and a less expensive gold variant of the current Apple Watch design, according to The New York Times,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “That aligns with what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in March, when he indicated Apple could launch as many as three additional casing materials in time for this fall’s holiday shopping season.”
“Friday’s report indicated that one of the options Apple may introduce is a less expensive gold version. Apple’s current 18-karat gold Apple Watch [Edition] starts at $10,000,” Hughes reports. “Other materials that Apple could introduce include white gold, titanium, or even ceramic. Less common materials include carbon fiber, rubber, or custom creations like Rolex’s ‘Rolesor’ and Hublot’s ‘Magic Gold.'”
“The Times said its sources indicated Apple is ‘putting the finishing touches’ on a revamped iPad keyboard that ‘may’ launch this year,” Hughes reports. “It is unknown whether that product would be the wireless keyboard with integrated battery outed by the FCC, along with a new Magic Mouse, last month, or if it is an entirely different product. Apple does not currently make an iPad-specific keyboard.”
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MacDailyNews Take: New Apple Watch cases would be an inspired move and help to reignite the general public’s interest after deep supply shortages short-circuited some measure of Apple Watch Buzz earlier this year.
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