The Apple Watch 7 is likely to be the company’s next high-end smartwatch, though it could join the Apple Watch SE 2. It will replace the Apple Watch 6, the company’s 2020 powerhouse, but hopefully with some new features. With the smartwatch likely a long way off, we still don’t know what it’s going to look like, but we’ve heard some leaks and rumors about design changes and new features for the Apple Watch 7.
We’ve also created a wish list of the new Apple Watch 7 features and changes that we’d like to see. These are based on both Apple’s earlier wearable features, which we liked or disliked, and what the competition is doing now.
Apple Watch 7 release date and price
The only real release date rumors so far have come from Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a good track record of Apple information), who, according to 9to5Mac, has suggested seeing a new Apple Watch model in the second half of 2021. This is not surprising given that Apple has been launching the new Apple Watches in September for years. Despite all of the outages caused by the 2020 pandemic and continuing to exist, we expect the Apple Watch 7 to be released in September 2021, presumably in the middle of the month.
There’s no news on the cost, but Apple has pretty much stuck on pricing too. The Apple Watch 6 starts at $ 399 / $ 379 / AU $ 599. While there has been some price volatility on the latest models, they are all on the same battlefield, so we assume the Apple Watch 7 is also costly. The.
News and Leaks
There aren’t many Apple Watch 7 leaks yet, but we’ve heard a few things. First up, Tim Cook himself said during an appearance on Outside’s podcast that “there is still a lot of innovation to be done” and “We’re at the start of the innings … think about the number of sensors in your car after your body is far more important than yours Automobile. ”
While everything is very vague, the mention of the body suggests that future Apple Watches will continue to focus on the health and fitness functions. This is in line with claims made by Ming-Chi Kuo, who (in a research report seen by MacRumors) predicted that “the momentum of new Apple Watch shipment in 2021 will benefit from innovative health management features and design. Improved Form factor “. .
So it looks like the Apple Watch 7 could have both new health features and a new design. And it could be a big design change, as this followed a slightly earlier research note (seen by 9to5Mac) in which Kuo said there would be a “significant change in form factor design”.
While he said it won’t happen to Apple Watch models “at the earliest” in the second half of 2021, it’s possible that we won’t see it until a later model. Could Kuo be referring to a more rugged version of the Apple smartwatch? One is apparently in preparation and ready to tackle more extreme environments than the standard Apple Watch.
The report that mentions the rugged Apple Watch also mentioned new swim tracking features, although it’s unclear what shape they take and whether they’re exclusive to the rugged model. A new health attribute could be a glucometer, which is used to measure blood sugar levels. A report suggests that the Apple Watch 7 could be one of many 2021 smartwatches to get this feature. It would be especially useful for diabetics who need to keep a constant eye on their blood sugar levels, but other people with various other medical conditions may find it helpful as well.
The Apple Watch 7 band could also see a big change as a patent describes a band with a built-in battery that can then extend the battery life of the Apple Watch. However, ideas in patents are often not used. So don’t rely on seeing them.
We also saw a patent showing the possibility of adding a Touch ID fingerprint scanner to a future Apple Watch. In fact, several patents have talked about it, with another describing a Touch ID scanner built into the home button. Another patent listed in the same link relates to an under-display camera that is invisible when not in use. Even in the patent area, Apple seems to be looking for ways to paint the anodized metal of its smartphones and watches matt black. Hence, it is possible that this is a new color offered by the Apple Watch 7.
Other patents we’ve seen include one that lets you blow on the watch to interact with it (like taking a call), which can come in handy when your hands are full, and one that with which you can achieve higher accuracy heart rhythm measurements with a sensor in the crown. Once again, however, we wouldn’t hold our breath to see one of these patents become a reality.
What we would consider very likely, however, is the Touch ID scanner, as embedding shouldn’t be too difficult for Apple and could be very useful. Another patent we saw describes how Apple can use the smartwatch’s battery as a haptic motor that provides vibrating feedback when the screen is touched. That would mean the standard haptic motor could be removed, the battery itself could be bigger and … could we possibly extend the battery life?
Finally, there have been various rumors that Apple is trying to switch from OLED screens to micro-LED screens on its devices. Some, but not all, of these reports mention the Apple Watch as a possible candidate. The micro LED has the potential to improve image quality and reduce battery consumption, so this would be a desirable change. However, a DigiTimes report suggests that shift is years away.