Apple Watch Series 7 could see the wearable’s biggest design change in six years. The folks at phoneArena.com put together a set of 3D renders showing off the possible new look.
Milen Yanachkov, phoneArena.com’s senior designer, points out that the wearable has not seen any major design changes in its history, except for Series 4, which had a slightly larger display and more rounded corners.
Apple has already stated that the next model won’t be fully round. However, subtler changes that are consistent with current Apple products seem possible. Apple tipster Jon Prosser predicted this year’s Apple Watch will feature flat edges — and a green color option — back in May.
Apple is moving in the opposite direction to smoother, more round designs. iPhones are the most popular product, and they have become boxier than ever.
Yanachkov points to the fact that in 2018, the iPad Pro received a flat frame. This was to match a larger screen and thinner bezel. Flat sides are also featured on the iPhone 12 and Mac Pro models. He believes that the new Apple Watch Series 7 will continue this cycle and lose some mass on its sides.
It remains to be seen how that will look in conjunction with the larger displays.
Two new sizes allow for a larger display
Rumors suggest that Apple Watch 7 will be available in two new sizes: 41mm and 45mm. These will replace the standard 40mm and 44mm sizes, which have been in use since Apple Watch Series 4 (which raised them from 38mm to 42mm).
New bands spotted in photos appear to support the larger sizes.
Slightly bigger sizes go hand-in-hand with the idea that the new Series 7 timepieces will sport bigger displays.
Release date and price
The base Apple Watch 7 has been priced at $399, while the Apple Watch SE is more affordable at $279. It is reasonable to expect that the base Apple Watch 7 will retail for $399, with the special editions and larger sizes going up from there.