New renders from 9to5Mac imagine the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7, and compare its display size to that of its predecessors. The mock-ups also give us an exclusive look at the new watch faces that will be debuting alongside the new Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch Series 7 has been making rounds at the rumour mill for quite some time now, with reports of a new, fresh green colour option, an iPhone 12-inspired flat design, ultra-wideband technology, and faster processor dating as far back as May.
Last month, the Apple Watch refresh was reported to feature a 1mm size increment, with the new iteration expected to launch with 41mm and 45mm variants. On Thursday, detailed specifications for the Apple Watch Series 7 were leaked by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman — including screen resolution and size for the 45mm variant.
Gurman says the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 will have a resolution of 396 x 484 pixels, and measure 1.9″ diagonally. Put that size increase together with the notably flatter design and thinner bezels, and the new Apple Watch should offer a perceptible increase in screen real estate. The exact display resolution and size for the 41mm variant aren’t known yet, but a comparable increase can be expected.
Apple is also working on a better lamination technique that will bring the Apple Watch’s display closer to its top glass/sapphire crystal surface.
Apple will be releasing new, exclusive watch faces with the Apple Watch Series 7. The new watch faces will include Continuum, Atlas, and Modular Max, as well as updated interactive Nike+ and Hermès faces.
The Modular Max watch face will take advantage of the Apple Watch Series 7’s slightly larger screen to provide two complication (widget) slots, as opposed to just one on the currently available Infograph Modular watch face.
There is currently some confusion as to whether currently available 40/44mm Apple Watch bands will be compatible with the Apple Watch Series 7 (and vice versa). Apple will continue to sell the Apple Watch SE even after the Series 7 hits shelves, which is why 9to5Mac believes bands will be interchangeable between the Series 7 and its predecessors.
With the Apple Watch Series 7 said to ramp up production in late September, it is pretty hard to estimate a launch date for the wearable. Some believe Apple may decide to announce the next Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 13 at its upcoming launch event sometime in the third week of September.