A photo of what might be Apple Watch Series 5 appeared on Instagram this week.
The device looks just like a current model at first glance. But the model number displayed on its screen suggests it is actually Apple’s next-generation wearable.
A recent Bloomberg report revealed Apple is planning a Watch refresh for this fall. The new model is expected to be very similar to the Series 4, with only minor improvements and new case options.
It’s no surprise, then, that this image of an apparent Apple Watch Series 5 looks very familiar. But is it really a new model?
Apple Watch 5 may have leaked out early
The Watch is running watchOS 6 and looks like an LTE model connected to Orange France.
What makes it particularly interesting is its supposed model number — “A2157.” That model number isn’t associated with any existing Apple Watch, but we have seen it before.
A2157 is one of a number of unreleased Apple devices, expected to launch this fall, that this week appeared in documentation filed with the Eurasian Economic Commission.
That means this could well be the first picture of Apple Watch Series 5 in the wild.
But maybe not
It is perhaps even more likely, however, that this is actually a picture of Apple Watch Series 4 that has been doctored. It would be very easy to edit in a different model number.
In fact, if you look very closely at the image, the text used for that model number appears to be ever so slightly brighter than the text used for the carrier and software version.
That’s a big indication that this photo has been edited.
Apple Watch Series 5 may look just like this, then, but this probably isn’t a next-generation model at all. Sadly, we can’t see the entire IMEI number, which could have debunked this rumor right away.