Apple is expected to announce its Apple Watch Series 7 on time despite earlier rumors that it might be delayed, however, it could arrive in scarce quantities. The new model is rumored to bring some big changes, including a redesign, suggesting this will be a year with high demand, as part of the draw of an Apple Watch is that it is also a fashion accessory and status symbol. This year, the possibility of the new watch selling out quickly is even more likely.
Apple has been making its market-leading smartwatch since 2015, adding new features and capabilities each year. The processor gets faster and the screen size increases every few years. Something that has remained the same throughout is the general shape of the device. The Apple Watch has always gone against competing smartwatch designs to have a curved rectangular shape. The corners are rounded in two dimensions, creating a sort of unassuming, extra-wide capsule form.
According to Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter, found on Bloomberg, the Apple Watch Series 7 will most likely be announced alongside the iPhone 13. Previous rumors suggested the Apple Watch might be delayed due to production quality issues appearing when the devices were being assembled. Gurman didn’t elaborate upon what changed the prediction about the announcement date but indicated that the new model will appear right on time, however, the Apple Watch Series 7 might have very limited quantities available for purchase initially. The newest iPhone usually arrives in Apple’s September event and while the exact date is currently unknown, it is probably just a week or two away.
The reason that has been suggested for the rumored production delay, is the new design and the increased complexity of the Apple Watch Series 7. This year, the Apple Watch is expected to adopt the flat-edge look that Apple has been favoring with the iPhone 12 and iPad Air 4, drawing from the look of the iPad Pro. With such a small product, such a big change in the shape of the case might involve redesigning many of the internal components. The Apple Watch Series 7 might also be gaining new sensors, though there is some discrepancy among various leakers and rumors about this. Gurman agrees that a larger screen and larger case sizes, measuring 41 and 45 millimeters instead of the 40 and 44 of last year’s Apple Watch Series 6, will be the biggest updates.
Various other sources have suggested a blood glucose sensor that has the ability to take a reading using light, making this a non-invasive method that doesn’t require a finger prick or external hardware. Blood pressure monitoring is another rumor that seems to be dying down. Samsung currently offers this ability with its Galaxy Watch 4 in other countries but has disabled the feature within the US, presumably while it awaits regulatory approval. Without a doubt, the Apple Watch Series 7 will feature a faster processor and a brighter screen is also a strong possibility. Gurman indicated that new watch faces are coming to take advantage of the larger screen, so even if there aren’t any new sensors, the Apple Watch Series 7 should be an interesting new wearable and more details should be known very soon.