Apple is slated to release the Apple Watch Series 7 along with new iPhone 13 models in a few weeks’ time, and it looks like this could be one of the most exciting design updates we’ve had to the Apple Watch in a few years.
We don’t expect any new health features this year, and if there are new health sensors, Apple has kept them under wraps, but several rumors suggest that the Apple Watch Series 7 is getting a redesign.
The upcoming Apple Watch could have a flat-edged design that is similar to the design of the iPhone 12 and iPad Pro. Leaked renders, allegedly based on CAD drawings, featured flat iPhone 12-style curves, a thinner digital crown, and a new speaker design on the left side of the clock.
Apple Watch Series 7 rendering by 91Mobiles
Bloomberg says the Apple Watch will have thinner display bezels, with the display using a new lamination technique that brings it closer to the front cover, and with this new case and display technology, upcoming models are expected to be available in 41mm and 45mm sizes , just a slightly larger than the current size options of 40mm and 44mm.
The 45mm model’s display is rumored to be 1.8 inches compared to the 1.73 inch display on the previous model. We don’t yet know the size of the 41mm model, but there will likely be a similarly small increase in size.
Rumors were mixed about the thickness. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said the Apple Watch could be a bit thicker overall, but not in a way that would be user-noticeable, but leaked renders suggested it would be 1.7mm thinner, which is a decent decrease in thickness . We’ll have to wait and see the exact case dimensions.
Rumor has it that Apple is considering new color options for the Series 7 and it could come in a green aluminum shade. Last year, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 6 in blue aluminum.
Inside, the Apple Watch Series 7 will have an updated S7 chip that could use double-sided technology to reduce its size. The smaller S7 chip could leave more room for extra battery life and other components, and the new Apple Watch is expected to get improved wireless connectivity and a better U1 Ultra Wideband chip.
Chances are we’ll get a new, more durable version of the Apple Watch this year. Bloomberg says Apple is considering a rugged version of the Apple Watch aimed at athletes, hikers, and others who are more likely to damage their Apple Watches. However, it is not clear whether this model will come in 2021 or 2022.
As for the new software, the Apple Watch Series 7 runs watchOS 8, which adds focus mode, new mindfulness features, home and wallet improvements, and more. Apple will also add new Time to Run and Audio Meditation features that will follow on from the Time to Walk feature released earlier this year.
Based on the previous start dates, the most likely date for the event at which the Apple Watch Series 7 and the “iPhone 13” models will be presented is Tuesday, September 14th, but a week later is also possible. Either way, we won’t have to wait long for Apple to reveal the first of its device launch lineups this fall.