A new report suggests the Apple Watch Series 7 could arrive in September with thinner bezels that use a new lamination technique, improved ultra-wideband tech and more.
Thinner bezels, faster processor, better ultra-wideband tech
This is according to a Bloomberg article which does not cite sources apart from saying these are “people with knowledge of the plans”. So take all this with a pinch of salt.
The Cupertino-based outfit is planning to upgrade the processor which was always to be expected. The timepiece should feature improved ultra-wideband tech (the same underlying tech that can be found in AirTags) and a screen with a thinner bezel. The last of these is apparently being made possible by a new lamination technique which will also result in a fractionally thicker form-factor.
These changes are in addition to everything that comes as part of WatchOS8. A health-related highlight of this is that respiratory information will be tracked by an Apple device for the first time.
Bigger additions are set to arrive in 2022. The Bloomberg piece says at that point we’ll see a more rugged version for extreme sports athletes. That one would be useable in extreme environments. To this end it would come with a sturdier design which offers more protection. It also looks as if the successor to the Apple Watch SE might not arrive before next year.
As far as sensors, Apple had planned to integrate temperature tracking tech into Series 7. This might, however, be delayed for Series 8. Such tech would be useful considering the pandemic. The highly anticipated non-invasive glucose monitoring might still be a few years off according to the report.
A flat-edged design?
Interestingly, the Bloomberg article makes no mention of a flat-edged design. This was suggested by a previous rumor. That one also talked of a new colorway and it came from well known analyst and leaker on everything to do with Apple – Jon Prossier. He revealed the info in a recent episode of his Genius Bar podcast with Sam Kohl.
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If it sees the light of day, this type of design would bring the watch closer to some other Apple gear such as the iPhone 12 and iPad Pros. The difference is that this type of design would be slightly more subtle on the watch.
An Apple-made timepiece with flat edges might not be to everyones liking but we would agree with Kohl. He said that “it makes sense to redesign it to fall in line with Apple’s other products” and that “the edges of the new wearable are similar to Apple’s recent iPad models.
Another revelation on the Genius Bar podcast was that Apple Watch Series 7 might come in a new green color variant. We’ve seen that colorway on the Apple AirPods Max.
The end result of a flat edged Apple Watch might look something like the images in this article. These were put together by Prossier. They are not the real thing but are based on the specs he received.
Credible rumors on the Apple Watch Series 7 have been few and far between. Which means we don’t really know what to expect. A flat edged design certainly seems like a realistic possibility.
There is also talk this year’s edition might come packing a glucose sensor. That would be useful not just for diabetics, but also for those that want to keep a closer eye on their health or improve their sports performance.
Apple is apparently looking to utilize something called Raman spectroscopy to determine glucose levels in the blood. This is being worked on together with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We are not optimistic that we will, indeed, see glucose monitoring on Series 7. But Series 8 certainly seems like a strong possibility.
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