At Apple’s event on September 14th, the company is slated to announce the all-new iPhone 13, AirPods 3, and potentially the Apple Watch Series 7. However, we may be in for a bit of a surprise when it comes to the Apple Watch. But before diving too deep down the rabbit hole, let’s take a look at what we’re expecting.
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Apple Watch Series 7: Design Changes Inbound
It’s been since 2015 since we’ve seen a meaningful design change made to the Apple Watch. That all could be changing with the Series 7, as renders and rumors point to Apple making some substantial decisions. After re-introducing the iPhone 4-like design with the iPhone 12 last year, it appears that the Series 7 will receive the same treatment.
This means that the Apple Watch will feature a flattened edges around the entire smartwatch. This could, however, open the door for some exciting new changes. Without needing to accommodate the rounded edges, the Series 7 could offer an edge-to-edge display. Apple has even been rumored to change the size of each model. Instead of the 40mm and 44mm sizes that are currently available, the Series 7 might make the jump to 41mm and 45mm.
The trade-off to a larger display is that the Apple Watch needs a larger battery. And while that may sound great at first, it’s unlikely to be substantial to provide better battery life than we already have. Additionally, the design may be slightly thicker to make room for the new battery and display. However, if the casing is actually thicker, Apple will likely have engineered the Watch so that it goes unnoticed in everyday use.
Apple Watch Series 7: Features and Specs
When the rumors first picked up on the Apple Watch Series 7, there were many outlets reporting that Apple has plans to introduce blood pressure measurements. However, this has since been refuted be reputable sources, instead claiming it could arrive in 2022 Apple Watch. Unfortunately, it seems that the big selling point for the upcoming Apple Watch will be its all-new redesign and not much else when it comes to features.
As is the case with just about every new iteration, Apple is expected to update the processor for the Series 7. Rumors suggest this chip sports a codename of “S7”, which is smaller thanks to the new “double-sided technology” used for the onboard modules. With this new processor, Apple aims to make more room within the casing to accommodate the aforementioned larger battery.
Finally, we’re expecting Apple to debut an improved U1 Ultra Wideband chip. This will provide better connectivity and help with battery life by working in tandem with the Apple S7 processor.
Apple Watch Series 7: Software changes
Earlier this year, Apple introduced some new guided workouts including “Time to Walk” for the Watch. With the Series 7, it’s possible that two new options will arrive, including “Time to Run” and “Audio Meditations”. This is one of those unique features that helps Apple’s smartwatch stand out, even if it’s not widely used.
After debuting at WWDC 2021 and being in development all Summer, watchOS 8 will arrive with the Watch Series 7. Of course, the software will also come to older Apple Watch iterations. However, with the Series 7, we’re expecting to see at least four or five new watch faces. In a recent report, the following watch faces were detailed:
- Modular Max – Show the Time digitally alongside on small complication.
- Continuum – Changes based on the flow of time and the current hour.
- Atlas and World Timer – Allows you to see all 24 time zones at once with different dials showing the current time in those different zones.
- Hermes Numbers – The watch face numbers change hour by hour.
- Nike – Numbers that move based on your motion.
Outside of the changes coming in watchOS 8, it seems that the only other differences this time around are coming via new watch faces.
Apple Watch Series 7: Price and Availability
Even with the changes to the design and the improved display, pricing is expected to stay the same with the Apple Watch Series 7. This means that we’ll be seeing an entry-level price of $399 for the 40mm (or 41mm) version. The price then bumps up to $429 for the entry-level 44mm (or 45mm), while adding $100 to each size for Cellular connectivity.
The next bit is the most confusing part about the entire Series 7 release. Recently, we’ve seen reports claim that Apple is “suffering production snags” in the supply chain. This could lead to a limited supply at launch, but the Series 7 is still expected to make its debut alongside the iPhone 13.
After being announced on September 14, the Apple Watch would be available starting on September 24. However, if the supply chain issues come to light, it may be another month or two before you are able to get your hands (or wrist) on the new Apple Watch.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.