The iPhone, iPad, and even iMac have adopted a new squared-off design that in many ways is a throwback to the iPhone 4. This fall, Apple could complete its lineup with a redesigned Apple Watch Series 7 that follows the same design language.
The Apple Watch Series 7 will feature a flat frame
Leaker Jon Prosser has published renders of the Apple Watch Series 7. The images, said to be based on photos and CAD files of the smartwatch, point to a new flat metal frame instead of the rounded one that’s seen on current models.The design resembles what’s been previewed on the iPad Pro (2021) and iPhone 12 series, therefore creating a more unified look and feel across the entire Apple hardware ecosystem.
But the company has made some subtle modifications on its new Watch. Whereas the iPhone and iPad frame edges are quite sharp, the Apple Watch Series 7 seems to make them a little rounder to stop them from digging into the user’s wrist.
The other side of the smartwatch houses the speakers. For some unknown reason, the speaker slots are much bigger than before, but perhaps Apple is planning a major upgrade that nobody knows about yet.
There’s no word on the sizes of this year’s Apple Watch models, but the renders certainly suggest that Apple will be retaining compatibility with existing Apple Watch bands for another generation.
A green Apple Watch Series 7 is apparently on the way
Last September, Apple expanded its color options to include both Blue and Product (RED) aluminum Watch Series 6 models. With the Watch Series 7, Prosser reports that Apple may be introducing a new Green option. The company is said to have been working on experimental finishes, though, so nothing is locked down yet.
Apple Watch Series 7 software and feature expectations
The Apple Watch Series 7 will undoubtedly be one of the best smartwatches in 2021, but the wearable will face tougher competition than ever thanks to the recent Google and Samsung partnership. Apple’s rivals are merging their respective smartwatch operating systems — Wear OS and Tizen — into a single platform dubbed ‘Wear,’ although that might not be the final name.
Not much is known about watchOS 8, but Apple will be showing off the next version of its smartwatch operating system in just a few weeks at WWDC 2021, so we won’t have to wait much longer to find out what’s planned.