Images of Apple Watch Prototype in iPod Nano-Style Security Case Shared Online

Images of what appears to be an original Apple Watch prototype in its security case have been shared online by Twitter user @AppleDemoYT.

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The photos show a prototype stainless steel Apple Watch concealed within a silicone security case, marked with a redacted serial number. Apple usually transports its prototype and testing units in thick protective cases that are intended to mislead and conceal the true design of the product.

Interestingly, the security case seems to resemble a third-generation iPod nano with a click wheel. In the years leading up to the announcement of the Apple Watch, it was not uncommon for some users to use the sixth-generation iPod nano as a watch using third-party cases. It is therefore fitting that Apple disguised the original Apple Watch as an iPod nano.

The prototype was allegedly used for internal testing before the official release of the original Apple Watch. The device came in a cardboard box marked "Apple Confidential," with multiple warnings about unauthorized use.

Images of original Apple Watch prototypes have surfaced before, showing slight variations from the final design. While no useful information can usually be gleaned from most prototypes, it is interesting to see how Apple conducts the development of its products before they reach the market. Prototype devices are hotly desired by collectors and occasionally surface on auction sites and at device recycling facilities.

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Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
49 months ago

It is therefore fitting that Apple disguised the original Apple Watch as an iPod nano.
TIL this is what Apple thought the iPod nano looked like:



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Blackwell Avatar
49 months ago

It's a joke. :) I changed the text to make it less ambiguous.
Thank you Anger, always appreciate your participation. Miss your GIF art work.
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Seanm87 Avatar
49 months ago

Ah, just seeing this makes me nostalgic for the iPod nano. With its two round buttons on the left, tiny portrait screen, and freakishly small inset clickwheel…


This is spot on haha.

How in any world does that prototype look remotely like an iPod nano!?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
skellener Avatar
49 months ago
Nano watch with bluetooth!!!



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AngerDanger Avatar
49 months ago

I don't remember any of the ipod nano models looking like that photo.

Which gen / model is that picture of?
It's a joke. :) I changed the text to make it less ambiguous.
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xraydoc Avatar
49 months ago

How do we know it was an Apple Watch and not an Apple Watch Sport?
Since the only difference is the material the case is made out of, it doesn't really matter. However, one of the images shows the watch without it's disguise case and it looks like it's made out of stainless steel.
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