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Along with an increase in size for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7, which is rumored to feature larger 41mm and 45mm sizes, Apple plans to include new watch faces that take advantage of the larger displays.

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In the latest publication of his "Power On" newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has put his weight behind recent rumors suggesting that thanks to smaller bezels and a flat-edged design, the upcoming Apple Watch will feature larger case sizes.

Compared to the current 40mm and 44mm sizes, the Series 7 will be offered in 41mm and 45mm variants. Gurman says that Apple plans to make the larger screen real-estate worthwhile by bundling it with new Apple Watch faces that utilize the larger displays.
This year's watches will come in 41-millimeter and 45-millimeter sizes, up from 40 and 44 millimeters. I'm told that Apple will bundle multiple new watch faces to take advantage of the bigger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular face. This will be the second time in the Apple Watch's history that the company has increased the display size, following the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2017.
The new Apple Watch faces will be exclusive to the Series 7 and will likely not be made available through a software update for older models.

Besides cosmetic changes, the Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to include improved performance and battery life. The Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to be unveiled at an all-digital Apple Event in September alongside the iPhone 13. Learn more about what we're expecting this fall using our guide.

Article Link: Apple Watch Series 7 Expected to Feature New Watch Faces to Take Advantage of Larger Displays
 
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Read the article lol
Oh shoot! You are correct! I missed that part haha. I’m Sorry!

Besides cosmetic changes, the Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to include improved performance, battery life, and health tracking capabilities.

Well then I hope it’s a big boost of the battery life ? 2 day non stop battery life would be excellent.
 
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PsykX

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So far, rumors point towards having no additionnal health capabilities for the new model.

For a health oriented product, this is rather disappointing. It is clearly meant for people that have no Apple Watch at all, or an old model.
 

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I'm actually very skeptical about this redesign. The flat edges is not the best design for a object that you wear on your wrist and 45mm is getting really chunky.
I think the idea is the watch casing will be the same dimensions. They are making the screen bigger via smaller black bezels. That’s also why old watch bands should still fit.
 

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I think the idea is the watch casing will be the same dimensions. They are making the screen bigger via smaller black bezels. That’s also why old watch bands should still fit.

It‘s both, actually. The 44/45 number does refer to the height of the case, so the new Watch will be (a tiny bit) larger; but the proposed flatter edges and smaller bezels will also contribute to making the useable display size quite a bit larger. Hence the new watch faces to take advantage of this.
 

FreakyT

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New watch faces for 1mm extra space? Really? And probably exclusive to the 7 I’d imagine. I hope they won’t pursue that path. Of course, I wish they would open up watch faces entirely.
Totally agree, this reeks of a blatant cash grab. And stuff like this is why they’ll never open up the watch face development — someone might clone one of their “exclusive” faces.
 

julesme

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Macrumors is writing as if the case is the same thing as the screen. For example, Sami writes that a thinner bezel and flatter edge will allow for a bigger “case.” I think what he means is that the thinner bezel, flatter edge, and slightly larger case all allow for a bigger “screen.”

Also - the Watch’s screen size increased in 2018, not 2017. That should be fixed in the article.
 
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Vjosullivan

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Totally agree, this reeks of a blatant cash grab. And stuff like this is why they’ll never open up the watch face development — someone might clone one of their “exclusive” faces.
Apple's own selection of watch faces are "adequate" at best and dire at worst.

They could easily create and release a watch face development kit that excludes the features of any "exclusive" faces. In any case, the only exclusive one I'm currently aware of is the Nike one and that's not all that "exclusive".
 

nicho

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"Larger displays". It's 1mm or 45/44=2.3% larger. As if anyone'd notice...

The bezel (the non-display area between the screen and the edge of the case) is the same size as my iPhone 12. Then there's the extra size of the case itself, which would disappear with a less-rounded model.

Relatively, the bezel is huge. There's room with a 1mm size increase for a much bigger display size increase. 1mm larger case, 1mm less "case edge", 1mm bezel all round... that would make 1 + 1 + 2 = 4mm... allowing the 44mm screen to fit into the 41mm and the 45mm watch to be relatively large-displayed.
 

Matcha

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If it's true Edition models are going away I assume that means Hermes models too.
I don't like exclusive faces I can't use since I can't justify the cost of the hermes. ?
 
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