Apple Watch prototype hardware images show early watchOS software

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in Apple Watch edited December 2020
Images of an Apple Watch prototype inside a special security case have surfaced, showing pre-watchOS development software and a "Lisa Tester" app that shows how the finished springboard would look.

Pre-watchOS software testing kit for Apple Watch
Pre-watchOS software testing kit for Apple Watch


Apple tends to build prototype devices and disguise them in bulky cases to let testers use them without drawing unwanted eyes. The testing units are normally destroyed by Apple, but one has seemingly survived and images have been shared of the prototype running internal software.

The prototype in the images lacks a Digital Crown and runs internal testing software that existed pre-watchOS. 9to5Mac first reported the images, which were shared by Twitter user @AppleDemoYT.

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. #appleinternal pic.twitter.com/WDTWP0NpIp

-- Apple Demo (@AppleDemoYT)


One image displays a warning that the device had not been approved by the FCC and is not allowed to be sold. Some of the software is similar to the final watchOS 1.0 UI, but one app that stands out is an image of Lisa Simpson, a reference to the Apple Lisa Computer and an app used to test springboard and other functions.

Leaks from Apple's internal testing team rarely happen, as they are held under lock, key, and non-disclosure agreements. Another recent leak showed off Apple's 2007 iPhone assembly line which showed some of the quality assurance testing done on the new devices.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,526member
    THIS is how you innovate and invent. Not by copying the market leader and slapping your brand on it.
    watto_cobrasedicivalvole
  • Reply 2 of 3
    dewmedewme Posts: 3,810member
    Re: “an image of Lisa Simpson, a reference to the Apple Lisa Computer

    Is there verifiable evidence of this? 

    App developers sometimes use openly available icons and bitmaps for internal test apps and even on pre-release product. It’s just a placeholder, injects a little levity into the process, and gives the professional graphics designers time to finish their work. Some developers think they are good at designing icons, but far fewer are actually good at it. The B and N icons in the picture are more typical of developer created placeholders. So boring. Hey, I’ve used a few Simpsons icons as placeholders - Doh! 
    watto_cobraelijahg
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Beats said:
    THIS is how you innovate and invent. Not by copying the market leader and slapping your brand on it.
    Indeed

    dewme said:
    Re: “an image of Lisa Simpson, a reference to the Apple Lisa Computer

    Is there verifiable evidence of this? 

    App developers sometimes use openly available icons and bitmaps for internal test apps and even on pre-release product. It’s just a placeholder, injects a little levity into the process, and gives the professional graphics designers time to finish their work. Some developers think they are good at designing icons, but far fewer are actually good at it. The B and N icons in the picture are more typical of developer created placeholders. So boring. Hey, I’ve used a few Simpsons icons as placeholders - Doh! 
    I don’t buy that for a second. Someone working at Apple would put the icon representing Lisa and not make the connection? I understand what you are saying, but in this context. Sorry, don’t think so. 
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