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An image purporting to show a "45mm" Apple Watch band has surfaced online ahead of the expected unveiling of Apple Watch Series 7 models next month.

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The small, low-resolution image, shared by "DuanRui" on Twitter, originated from the Chinese social media network Weibo and appears to show the underside of an Apple Watch band, which could be a Saddle Brown Leather Link band. While it is not clear how reliable this image may be, the 45mm sizing lines up with a number of previous rumors around the Apple Watch Series 7.

Alleged CAD renders of the larger Apple Watch Series 7 suggested that it would sport a 45mm display, a 1mm increase from the current 44mm display on the larger Apple Watch Series 6 model. This is expected to be achieved by making the casing's edges flat, which would slightly increase the top surface area of the device for the display, and by reducing the size of the display's bezels.

Another report from the Chinese leaker known as "UnclePan" suggested that the Apple Watch Series 7 will come in larger 41mm and 45mm case sizes, replacing the current 40mm and 44mm options.

Despite these previous leaks, this image is the first time that a potential 45mm Apple Watch sizing has been seen in the wild and the first time that the larger size has been referred to specifically with regards to Apple Watch bands.

41 and 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 models are expected to continue to be compatible with bands from previous generations, in the same way that 38mm Apple Watch bands continued to be functionally compatible with 40mm Apple Watches, and 42mm Apple Watch bands continued to be functionally compatible with 44mm Apple Watches.

CAD renders and renders supposedly based on leaked images have also indicated that the Apple Watch Series 7 will carry over the same mechanical band system. Though the device's display is expected to increase in size by 1mm and the edges are expected to be flat like the iPhone 12 lineup, the height and width of the new models are expected to be the same as previous models, allowing for compatibility with the same Apple Watch bands. The only dimension anticipated to change significantly is the thickness, with new models purportedly set to be 1.7mm thinner than the current Series 6.

The Apple Watch Series 7, featuring a number of improvements such as slimmer bezels, upgraded Ultra Wideband connectivity, and a faster chip, is likely to arrive alongside the iPhone 13 lineup at a digital event next month.

Update: An image of a second alleged Apple Watch Series 7 band has now been shared online. This blue Braided Solo Loop, seemingly with an identical design to previous versions, is for a 41mm Apple Watch model, indicating that previous rumors around the smaller devices also getting a 1mm display size increase may have been correct.



Article Link: First '45mm' Apple Watch Bands Spotted Ahead of Series 7 Unveiling [Updated]
 
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Bazooka-joe

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The furor if the old bands don't fit this watch will be spectacle worth witnessing!
I think existing bands will fit but if not then yep some people have bought abd collected dozens of bands since 2015. However in the same context, you could argue that we have to replace our phone cases when we replace our phones so……
 

jimmy_uk

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I'd guess old bands will still fit to keep current collectors happy - but also new bands will be introduced perhaps in a slightly wider fit (less taper etc).

It's another revenue steam if an additional size of band is introduced.
 
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Dwalls90

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They will. When the case sizes increased to 40 and 44 mm, the band sizes didn’t change, but the new case sizes were reflected on bands from that point on.

New band sizes will likely be listed as 38/40/41 mm and 42/44/45 mm.
Which makes sense, right? A bigger watch doesn’t mean we want a bigger band.
 

mousouchop

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They will. When the case sizes increased to 40 and 44 mm, the band sizes didn’t change, but the new case sizes were reflected on bands from that point on.

New band sizes will likely be listed as 38/40/41 mm and 42/44/45 mm.
Plus— if the bands are only compatible with the new watches— they cut out a HUGE portion of the market RE: aftermarket band sales. If only AW7 owners can buy new bands, then their band sales numbers would tank. I’m sure it’s not a huge revenue line for them, but they are a high profit margin item, that they historically have been able to sell in decent volume.
 

Bazooka-joe

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This is not a display size measurement! This is a case size measurement, while obviously correlated, stop conflating the two MacRumors!
This report that we are commenting on refers to display size and not case size. It only says that the case has increased in thickness and not length and width. It refers to slimmer bezels and making the case flat thereby increasing the display area
 
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