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Apple Watch Series 7 Announced!

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 in September 2021 alongside the new iPhones, and the Series 7 was a surprise because it did not match up with what we expected from rumors.

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Rumors indicated the Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a flat-edged design like the iPhone 13 models, but it does not. It continues to use a rounded body, but it is available in new 41mm and 45mm size options.

Display improvements have been added alongside slimmer bezels so the display is larger than ever, and the watch is also more durable. Apple did not add new health features this year.

Our dedicated Apple Watch Series 7 roundup has full details on everything that's new.

Apple Watch Series 7 Rumors

Though the Apple Watch Series 7 has launched, the below guide serves as a collection of the rumors that we heard before its launch. As mentioned up above, full details on the Apple Watch Series 7 can be https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/apple-watch/.

Design and Display

The Apple Watch has looked largely the same since it was released in 2015, though it did get a display overhaul with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4. The Apple Watch Series 7 will feature a much more dramatic design change that will make it clearly distinguishable from prior Apple Watch models.

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First of all, it will come in new 41mm and 45mm size options, up from 40 and 44mm. The larger sized display will feature thinner bezels and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover, with updated screen technology.

The 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 model, which will be the largest to date, will have a body size that measures in at 1.9 inches diagonally, up from 1.78 inches, and it will have a resolution of 396 x 484, up from 368 x 448, which equates to 16 percent more pixels. We don't know the exact dimensions of the 41mm model, but it too will see a comparable increase in body size.

The casing will have a flat-edged design that's similar to the iPhone 12 or the iPad Pro, which is a departure from the curved edges of the current Apple Watch models. Apple is also rumored to be considering new color options, including a green color that would join the blue shade introduced in 2020.

Because of this new design, the Apple Watch may be slightly thicker, but Bloomberg says the thickness increase won't be noticeable to users. Other rumors have suggested the Apple Watch Series 7 will be thinner than prior models, so we'll need to wait to see which take is correct.

Renders

We haven't seen Apple Watch Series 7 component leaks this year, but a few sites have created renders that are based on information allegedly sourced from the Apple's Asian supply chain.

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These renders from 91mobiles feature an Apple Watch with a flat-edged design, a flatter digital crown, and two longer speakers at the left side of the device.

According to the information the renders are based on, the 44mm Apple Watch Series 7 will have a 1.8-inch display, up from the 1.73-inch display in the Series 6. It may also be 1.7mm thinner than the current version.

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Processor and Connectivity

Apple updates the processor in the Apple Watch each year and the Series 7 will be no exception. The Apple Watch Series 7 is rumored to include a smaller "S7" chip that uses double-sided technology for module miniaturization.

A smaller S7 chip will allow more room for other components, and one source suggests Apple will use this extra space for a bigger battery or new health sensors. Apple is also expected to introduce improved wireless connectivity and an improved U1 Ultra Wideband chip.

According to leaker Max Weinbach, the Apple Watch Series 7 will bring the Apple Watch's biggest improvement in battery life yet.

Health Features

There have been no rumors of new health sensors coming in the Apple Watch Series 7, but Nikkei recently claimed that the device would have blood pressure measuring capabilities

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman quickly refuted this claim and said there is "no chance" that blood pressure monitoring will be included in the 2021 Apple Watch.

There has been discussion of blood pressure monitoring due to Apple's partnership with Rockley Photonics, a company that makes advanced digital health sensors, but this technology is not ready for use.

New Watch Faces and Software

The Apple Watch Series 7 will feature a series of exclusive watch faces that are designed to take advantage of the larger displays. Bloomberg has outlined what to expect:

  • A Modular Max watch face will offer the digital time alongside a small complication like temperature, while additional larger complications will be stacked on top of each other below. It's similar to Infograph Modular, but can show more than one large complication.
  • A Continuum face will shift based on "the flow of time and the current hour."
  • A new world time watch face will allow users to see all 24 time zones simultaneously. An external dial will display the time zones, while an inner dial will display the time in each location. Bloomberg says it's similar to watch faces popularized by luxury watch makers Patek Philippe, Breitling, and others.
  • There's a new Hermes watch face that features numbers that change hour by hour and new Nike watch face with numbers that change based on a person's motion.

With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7, Apple also plans to introduce new "Time to Run" and "Audio Meditations" features that will accompany the "Time to Walk" option that was introduced earlier this year.

Apple Watch Series 7 Release Date

We're expecting Apple to introduce the Apple Watch Series 7 in September alongside new iPhone 13 models. Based on past event dates, the most likely date for the Apple Watch Series 7 event is Tuesday, September 14.

Normally new Apple Watch models come out shortly after Apple holds a launch event, but late August reports from Nikkei and Bloomberg have pointed toward production issues. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in September that the issues had been resolved and that the Apple Watch Series 7 is still set to be available for purchase in September. Production is expected to ramp up starting in the middle of September.

Future Apple Watch Rumors

According to The Wall Street Journal and other sources, Apple is developing several new health features for future Apple Watch models. These include blood-pressure monitoring, a thermometer for fertility and sleep tracking, sleep apnea detection, and diabetes detection.

None of these features are expected to arrive in Apple Watch models before 2022.

Blood Glucose Monitoring

Apple is rumored to have a team of biomedical engineers working on a method for non-invasively monitoring blood glucose levels using optical sensors, technology that could potentially make its way into the Apple Watch at some point in the future. Such a feature would make diabetes management much easier because it would not require puncturing the skin.

There have been rumors that Apple will add blood glucose monitoring capabilities to the Apple Watch Series 7 using a non-invasive optical sensor, but Bloomberg says that a blood sugar sensor will not be ready for commercial launch for several more years.

Blood glucose monitoring has been a feature that Apple has been working on for years, based on rumors, but it is a serious health feature that would likely require regulation.

Blood Pressure measurements

Apple supplier Rockley Photonics is working on an advanced digital sensor system that allows wearable devices to monitor biomarkers like core body temperature, blood pressure, body hydration, alcohol, lactate, glucose trends, and more, using optical sensors.

This technology could eventually make its way to the Apple Watch given the partnership between Apple and Rockley, and rumors suggest we will see blood pressure monitoring capabilities introduced at some point.

A wrist-worn blood pressure monitor could be used to detect when blood pressure is rising and the function would be able to detect hypertension. Apple was aiming to release this feature in 2022, but it could be pushed as the technology still needs to be perfected.

Blood pressure monitoring would work by measuring the speed of the wave of a heartbeat through a user's arteries using sensors. It would tell a user how their blood pressure is trending, but it won't be able to provide baseline systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements.

Temperature Sensor

Apple was considering adding a body temperature sensor in the 2021 Apple Watch, but Bloomberg says it is instead likely to be introduced in the 2022 update.

A temperature measuring function would be useful for fertility tracking and keeping track of sleep, and in the future, it could also detect when a user has a fever.

Sleep Apnea Detection

Apple is aiming to use the existing blood oxygen sensor to detect sleep apnea, but there are issues with taking frequent readings without significantly impacting battery life.

Rugged Apple Watch

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a version of the Apple Watch "with a rugged casing" that's aimed at athletes, hikers, and others who use the watch in more extreme conditions than day to day wear. It will feature the same functionality as a standard Apple Watch, but with improved impact resistance and protection. Apple is expected to launch the rugged Apple Watch in 2022.

Haptic Buttons

Rumors indicate a future version of the Apple Watch will adopt solid state buttons that don't physically click but instead provide haptic feedback to users when the buttons are touched, but it's not clear when this is coming. Apple introduced haptic feedback for the Digital Crown in the Series 4, and haptic feedback could potentially extend to the side button in a later Apple Watch model.

Further in the future, the Apple Watch may do away with buttons altogether, with the sides of the device adopting support for touch and swipe-based gestures.

MicroLED Displays

Apple reportedly has a secret manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California where it is designing and producing test samples of displays that use microLED, a technology that will follow OLED. microLED screens can result in devices that are slimmer, brighter, and use less power. Rumors suggest an Apple Watch with a microLED display could launch in three or four years.

Apple Watch Patents

Apple has patented several interesting technologies that could potentially be used in future Apple Watch devices, such as a biometric authentication feature that authenticates identity based on the wearer's skin pattern. Such a feature would eliminate the need for a passcode when wearing the Apple Watch.

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Another patent describes a self-tightening Apple Watch band that would adjust during intensive activities like running or working out for accurate heart rate readings, and loosen up afterward. The tightening could also be used for directions, workout reps, and more.

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A third patent describes an Apple Watch band with an LED indicator that would visualize the progress of an activity or task, providing a visual indicator when completing a workout or an Activity ring, for example.

Apple in December 2019 published a patent describing how the Apple Watch could help doctors monitor the symptoms of Parkinson's patients using sensors to keep track of tremors. Apple believes this method of data tracking will allow users to better track their symptoms so they can plan activities around symptom patterns.

A 2020 pair of patents suggest Apple is researching Touch ID and an under-display camera for the Apple Watch. Apple describes a side button with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor that could be used for user identification and device unlocking. Currently, the Apple Watch unlocks with a passcode and also when the paired iPhone is unlocked.

As for an under-display camera, the patent describes a two-stage display technology that includes a camera that are externally visible only when engaged.

In 2021, Apple outlined a radical redesign of the Apple Watch in a patent filing, featuring a rounded watch face, wrap-around flexible display, and digitally-customizable watch bands.

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Apple has filed several other patents covering the possibility of moving hardware into the Apple Watch's band, including batteries, speakers, kinetic power generators, haptic feedback devices, and even cameras.

There's no word on whether these patented features will make it into an actual Apple Watch in the future, but it's interesting to see what Apple is working on and considering behind the scenes.

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jz0309

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So, display size increase by 1 mm and diagonal body size will increase by .12 inches, and yet slimmer bezels - that does not make sense to me… check your dimensions please MR.

and as for design updates being an exciting feature to upgrade, sure, some will. I for one will only upgrade if Apple adds new health features
 

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Not sure what you’re trying to say by “should NOT be”, but I do believe that the referenced pic is not common across the globe, some countries/regions vary a bit, not sure why
They mean that it is "off the radar of most" - ie not many people pay attention to it - but it should not be (it should not be off the radar of most - people SHOULD know about it, as it is important).
 
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There are many ways in which even supposedly trained medics fail to measure blood pressure properly. One readily accessible site has these seven tips:

The AMA produced several versions of a one-page graphic entitled, “7 Simple Tips To Ensure an Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement,” which has helped inform physicians, patients and the general public that: ▪ Putting the cuff over clothing, rather than a bare arm, can add 10-40 mm Hg to a measurement.▪ Having a full bladder can tack on 10-15 mm Hg.▪ Talking or having a conversation: an additional 10-15 mm Hg.▪ Failing to support the arm at heart level can add 10 mm Hg.▪ An unsupported back can increase a measurement by 5-10 mm Hg. That same range applies to feet leftdangling from an exam table or high chair.▪ Crossing legs means an extra 2-8 mm Hg

https://www.heart.org/-/media/files...to-get-accurate-blood-pressure-ucm_493556.pdf

I have seen medics measuring over clothing, never heard of anyone being asked if their bladder is full, have experienced medics talking - and expecting replies - while measuring, have seen doctors simply rely on the height of their desk and not take any notice of height of patient, and I never had any idea about an unsupported back.

Further, some sources recommend measuring both arms, at least from time to time.

It seems not impossible that a watch could do a better job of checking some of these factors.
 

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They mean that it is "off the radar of most" - ie not many people pay attention to it - but it should not be (it should not be off the radar of most - people SHOULD know about it, as it is important).
well, ok, but blood pressure is the one thing that gets measured with every doctor visit, but I won't argue here, having better read is a good thing.
It gets complicated as there is not a single standard, see article below, while maybe somewhat aged it is still true to the best of my knowledge, so for Apple to implement this, it will come in phases again, just like ECG ...


 

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I’m excited to see what Apple announces and to get my first Apple Watch though it will be slightly disappointing if there’s no new health features.
 
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jz0309

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Are you quoting the right post??
Where in the world is the self-tightening band on the product that you are pointing to??
as my post says:
Samsung does this already - via sensor

I do believe that there are bands available for AW to do the traditional method of blood pressure measuring
 

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At this point I won't be buying any new watches. I use SIRI on the watch for everything and with the new OS all it says 'Sorry, there is something wrong. Please try again'. Then I say 'F off' and it says 'I won't respond to that'. The watch is worthless without SIRI.
 
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At this point I won't be buying any new watches. I use SIRI on the watch for everything and with the new OS all it says 'Sorry, there is something wrong. Please try again'. Then I say 'F off' and it says 'I won't respond to that'. The watch is worthless without SIRI.
I feel your pain. I’ve had 4 different Apple Watches connected to 5 different iPhones and still am unbelievably frustrated at times how inconsistently Siri Works.
 

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as my post says:
Samsung does this already - via sensor

I do believe that there are bands available for AW to do the traditional method of blood pressure measuring
And where in the linked article says the band will tighten on its own?

The following is what I was referring to in the original post:
"Another patent describes a self-tightening Apple Watch band that would adjust during intensive activities like running or working out for accurate heart rate readings, and loosen up afterward."
 
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jz0309

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And where in the linked article says the band will tighten on its own?

The following is what I was referring to in the original post:
"Another patent describes a self-tightening Apple Watch band that would adjust during intensive activities like running or working out for accurate heart rate readings, and loosen up afterward."
it's not a band, a sensor in the body of the watch ... like the one for heart rate

The patent you are referring to was first spotted in 2017, obviously never made it into production and imho never will, sensors are the future ...
 

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At this point I won't be buying any new watches. I use SIRI on the watch for everything and with the new OS all it says 'Sorry, there is something wrong. Please try again'. Then I say 'F off' and it says 'I won't respond to that'. The watch is worthless without SIRI.
I get that way too often. Apple needs to re-examine priorities and fix Siri. She gets worse with every update.
 

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it's not a band, a sensor in the body of the watch ... like the one for heart rate

The patent you are referring to was first spotted in 2017, obviously never made it into production and imho never will, sensors are the future ...
Again...continuing to reply to the wrong subject... 😓
I even pointed out the "Back to the future" reference in my original post.

Let me put it this way:
Yay, Apple finally have banana.
Right, but Samsung has yellow squashes years ago.

What? 🤔
 

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Came here looking for features where the watch calls the cops if the wearer commits any offense. Disappointed.
 
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