First Apple Watch concept drawing reveals brilliance of original designs

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Imran Chaudhri drew this Apple Watch concept sketch long before the release of this wearable.
Photo: Imran Chaudhri

Imran Chaudhri, who played a pivotal role in the Apple Watch’s creation, offered an inside look into the device’s design process Friday, showing off an early concept drawing of the smartwatch’s home screen.

His sketch, shared on the 5-year anniversary of the Apple Watch launch, looks amazingly close to what is in use now. He also showed off a video of the very first Apple Watch band and talked about the history of some Watch faces.

Apple Watch user interface holds true to original concept

The original sketch Chaudhri posted on Twitter shows that today’s Apple Watch looks remarkably close to what he first envisioned. There’s a screen full of small application icons with a clock face in front of it.

The Digital Crown and Side Button are there, just as they are on the latest Apple Watch Series 5.

There have been changes, of course, including a circular Watch face — not the rectangular one used today. “The shape of the circular icon was driven by the clock that lived in the centre of what i originally called the dock,” said Chaudhri.

Plus, he helped create Digital Touch, which lets users send sketches, taps or their heartbeats to friends who have an Apple Watch. He tweeted today about his first thoughts for this method of communicating, too.

The first prototype Apple Watch band

A watch needs a band, even when it’s still a prototype. Chaudhri posted a short video of the band he attached to a sixth-generation iPod nano when putting together the user interface for Apple Watch.

The creation of Apple Watch faces

The designer also gave the back story on creating a couple of Apple Watch faces, including the one starring a blue butterfly. And he revealed that the Solar Apple Watch face was created to help Muslims during Ramadan.

The inside track

Chaudhri also posted on Twitter a picture of himself with the rest of team that created the Apple Watch.

Chaudhri worked at Apple from 1995 to 2017. He helped design the first iPhone, as well essentially every other computer the company released in the last 20 years. The designer left Apple to co-found the startup Hu.ma.ne.