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Apple in just a few weeks is expected to release the Apple Watch Series 7 alongside new iPhone 13 models, and it's looking like this could be one of the most exciting design updates we've had to the Apple Watch in a few years.


We're not expecting new health features this year, and if there are new health sensors, Apple has kept them under wraps, but multiple rumors have indicated that the Apple Watch Series 7 is getting a new design.

The upcoming Apple Watch could feature a flat-edged design that's similar to the design of the iPhone 12 and the iPad Pro. Leaked renders said to be based on CAD drawings have depicted iPhone-12 style flat curves, a thinner Digital Crown, and new speaker design on the left side of the watch.

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Apple Watch Series 7 render from 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 casing and display technology, the upcoming models are expected to come in 41mm and 45mm sizes, just a bit larger than the current 40mm and 44mm size options.

The display of the 45mm model measures in at 1.8 inches according to rumors, up from the 1.73-inch display in the prior model. We don't yet know the size of the 41mm model, but it's likely to see a similar small size increase.

Rumors have been mixed on thickness. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said that the Apple Watch could be a bit thicker overall, but not in a way that's noticeable to users, but leaked renders suggested it would be 1.7mm thinner, which is a decent thickness decrease. We'll have to wait to see on the exact casing dimensions.

Apple is rumored to be 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 feature an upgraded S7 chip that could use double-sided technology to cut down on its size. The smaller S7 chip could leave more room for additional battery life and other components, and the new Apple Watch is expected to gain improved wireless connectivity and a better U1 Ultra Wideband chip.

There's a possibility that we could get a new, more durable version of the Apple Watch this year. Bloomberg says that Apple is considering a rugged version of the Apple Watch that's aimed at athletes, hikers, and others who are more likely to damage their Apple Watches. It's not clear if this model is coming in 2021 or 2022, though.

As for new software, the Apple Watch Series 7 will run 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 join the "Time to Walk" feature released earlier this year.

Based on past launch dates, the most likely date for the event that will see the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 7 and the iPhone 13 models is Tuesday, September 14, but the week after that is also a possibility. Either way, we don't have much longer to wait before Apple reveals the first of its fall device launch lineup.

Article Link: What to Expect From the Apple Watch Series 7
 
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Battery life, period.

Although, my 4 has been really great. I get just about 30-ish hours before it starts complaining, but is heavily dependent on usage. Now that I have the right charger, it charges to 100% overnight, and some days, I have 80% left, but some days it's been down into the 40's. I guess it's like me, some nights I can't wait to hit the horizontal, and others I'm just hitting third gear. *shrug*
 

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It looks like the render is showing a more squarish front face? Weird... I think the face glances off things so well. Making it squarer could end up meaning more face damage. Bigger isn't a great idea, in my mind, either. I have small wrists, and the 44mm is almost too big, but the smaller 4 really looked almost comical, to me...

But whatever. They make it, and we buy it... Funny how that works.

Regarding titanium, OH YEAH! I thought the ceramic Edition was going to be calling my name like a siren in the rocky shoals at night, and then I got to touch one. Yeah, not so much. More like a whimper? But TITANIUM!!! YEEEESSSSSS!!! (I have titanium rings) I can see rocking a titanium 7.
 

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No new health feature(s)/sensors --> no AW 7 for me.
There have been plenty rumors (eg blood glucose, blood pressure, body temperature), and TC did state that Apple will be remembered for it's impact to healthcare, so, Apple do NOT disappoint me! I'm ok that MR is meeting me down :cool:
 

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Is "exciting design update" a code word for ugly?

I know, real thing might look better than third party renders, but I'm just not a fan of what I'm seeing. Each to their own I guess.
Given that the design has been basically unchanged since S0 (except size a bit), I think it is time, and I would expect this design to last 5+ years too ... I can appreciate that people don't like it, and maybe it will actually be different from what we've seen o far - I think you'll have to adopt, sooner or later
 

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I like the redesign but I’m really hoping Apple has some health surprise up their sleeve.

Better battery life and better sleep tracking with sleep stages and automatic detection would be nice. If Fitbit can do it Apple should be able to as well.

I’m very excited to get my first Apple Watch this year.
 

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Is "exciting design update" a code word for ugly?

I know, real thing might look better than third party renders, but I'm just not a fan of what I'm seeing. Each to their own I guess.
I really hope that the renders don’t do it justice. I’m usually onboard with Apple’s design decisions, (I didn’t even mind the notch,) however these renders are terrible compared to the current design.

I bought my 4 in large part because of the design update, and figured I’d wait to upgrade until the next design change. But I may hold off until it dies. It’d take a killer new feature to get me to upgrade at this rate.
 

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I really want a better way to delete text messages off the watch. I guess that is more Watch OS then the model but maybe it won't be as clunky and slow a process as it is on my S4.
 

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Given that the design has been basically unchanged since S0 (except size a bit), I think it is time, and I would expect this design to last 5+ years too ... I can appreciate that people don't like it, and maybe it will actually be different from what we've seen o far - I think you'll have to adopt, sooner or later

Yeah perhaps. I'm generally a function-over-form guy; my smartwatch / running watch choices have been far more about the features/capabilities than the looks. I don't "love" the current design, it just is what it is -- and the reality of a new design might be decent enough in person.

All that said, nothing in the S7 rumors incline me to think I might upgrade from my S6. Unsurprising though as the AW is a maturing product and it's natural for it to shift towards an every-other or every-third model upgrade cycle for owners.
 

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I am 74 and retired. AND I am capable of doing a lot with the electronics, unlike the humorous old fart geezer who knows nothing.
that being said, I use the watch 6 for health things mainly, the O2, the heart rate, stuff right now that is important to me. So the health apps are important to me. I won't upgrade until Apple says the new sensors are in place then it will be fine. I do wonder if even with the larger size of the case of the watch, will they do anything to improve the offering of those with thick wrists, like me, be able to purchase a cool band or will I have to exist with black plastic still. I tell yo Apple is missing a lot of sales not having that extra large band.

So Apple cosmetic and battery is fine. Not important to me as I am home and can charge the watch as needed and even if I was working, I can charge it when I would get home. Come out with nifty sensors and perhaps like non invasive blood glucose, you will have me buying one. This time, I will just let the software update where it will.
 

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I bought my 4 in large part because of the design update, and figured I’d wait to upgrade until the next design change. But I may hold off until it dies. It’d take a killer new feature to get me to upgrade at this rate.

Yeah, I liked my S4 SBSS a lot - but the Always On Display ended up being a must-have for me and I don't regret that at all. It's been a great value. S5 to S6 was partially to switch to SBTi and partially for the brighter outdoor AOD and that's been a real benefit to me during lunchtime runs or bike rides. I can see where those wouldn't have much value to other folks though.

I really want a better way to delete text messages off the watch. I guess that is more Watch OS then the model but maybe it won't be as clunky and slow a process as it is on my S4.

That's going to be watchOS moreso than the watch model.

Out of genuine curiosity may I ask why is this important to you? I've ever felt any need to delete texts off of my watch or even phone, so I'm not sure what reason there would be to do so.
 

K-pax

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Another price hike???

Calling it right now…. Series 7 will introduce price hike without introducing any new feature??
 
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