Apple Watch Designer Shares Behind-The-Scenes Look at Initial Product Development

Five years since its debut.

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One of the main Apple Watch designers Imran Chaudhri recently took to Twitter to share rare behind-the-scenes design concepts of the product’s initial development. It’s been five years since Apple debuted the smartwatch, which has grown so popular that it began to outsell the entire Swiss watch industry.

Chaudhri shared a replicated mock of one of the watch’s original home screen sketches. The drawing shows a circular skeleton, next to a more developed drawing, showing a slight glimpse of the initial stages of the watch’s design. The watch’s digital touch was given the name “E.T.,” for “electronic touch.” “I called it that for its potential as a new form of emotional connection,” notes Chaudhri. Another distinctive design concept Chaudhri noted was how he created the Solar watchface so that people would be able to tell the position of the Sun easily, a feature especially useful for those observing the Ramadan. Besides all the unique features and renderings Chaudhri shared, the designer also pointed out that one of the watch’s earliest prototypes came in the form of a repurposed iPod nano with a watchband.

Scroll below for a look some rare behind-the-scenes sketches of the Apple Watch’s initial product development shared via Imran Chaudhri’s Twitter.

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