Apple Watch 7 Release Date and News. What Can We Expect?
The Apple Watch 6 was released in September of 2020, and rumor has it we’ll be seeing the Apple Watch 7 around the same time this year. Apple tends to keep updates under wraps, so the specifics are still a bit of a mystery! However, look out for the redesigned smartwatch later this year, and read on to learn all we know about what to expect from Apple’s latest wearable device!
What’s rumored to be updated in the Apple Watch 7?
Since Apple hasn’t released any official information about the Apple Watch 7 yet, most of the ideas about what it will look like and how it will function are based on patents submitted by Apple, leaked information from insiders, and pure speculation! Patents submitted by Apple mean there’s an idea for new technology or design that Apple is exploring. However, these ideas don’t always make it into devices on the market, or the idea continues to be developed and we won’t see it until years later. Insider information is more reliable, but you still never know what will change before the device goes to production! From all the information that’s out there, it does seem like the Apple Watch will get a full redesign in its newest model! So what changes can you expect? Here are a few of the rumored updates:
- Redesigned styling
A leaked, unconfirmed mockup of the Apple Watch 7 shows some significant changes from previous models in the styling. One difference is that the edges may be flat, similar to the new Apple iPhone 12 design. There has also been speculation that the watch will be thinner, due to integration of the haptic engine and the battery. Overall, these changes would make for a sleek minimalist styling – exactly what we’ve come to expect from Apple! We’ve also seen more colors from Apple in the iPhone 12 and new 24” iMacs, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a range of colors for the new watch release as well.
- Micro LED tech
It’s possible that the new wearable Apple Watch 7 could switch from the previously used OLED display to a micro LED screen. This new display technology has been used by Apple before in their 2021 iPad Pro. The new screen would potentially help with slimming down the watch design. Plus, micro LED displays are typically more power-efficient and offer additional brightness.
- Touch ID
More and more devices are getting Touch ID scanners, and it sounds like the Apple Watch 7 may be included in this. A touch pad button would allow users to add their fingerprints, and unlock the watch by touching it. There was also an early rumor based on a patent belonging to Apple that is for technology allowing users to control the Apple Watch with their breath. To use, a wearer would blow on the face of the watch and that would activate a reaction from the device. Who knows when (or if!) that technology will surface, but it sounds pretty neat!
- Additional health monitoring
One of the biggest benefits to smartwatches is that they can collect tons of information about your health throughout the day. Other wearable devices that cost less than the Apple Watch have blood oxygen monitoring tech, so it’s no surprise that the Apple Watch 7 is rumored to include this technology. A sensor that measures blood sugar levels could also be a part of the new health monitoring tech. However, other reports say we won’t see that technology included until 2022 instead.
The new Apple Watch 7 may also include improved heart monitoring abilities. There is a patent from Apple for a new sensor that would allow for more accurate heart rhythm readings. Essentially, it would pull your heart rate by touching a sensor on the watch, and compare it to the heart rate reading it gathers from the wrist you’re wearing it one, in order to collect accurate data. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will be included in the Apple Watch 7, but it’s exciting new technology that could potentially surface in their line of wearable smart devices.
- A watch designed for the outdoors
This change will likely not be applied to the Apple Watch 7, but could instead be seen in a different version of the device. Apple may be creating an smartwatch that’s designed to take on more extreme environments. For those that want to have their smartwatch (and the health data it collects) while adventuring outdoors, a more rugged version could be a welcome change. Perhaps we’ll see a higher waterproof rating, a sturdier design with protective materials, and more.
Price for the Apple Watch 7
While it’s hard to say exactly how much the Apple Watch 7 will cost, the Apple Watch 6 starts at $399 USD. It’s likely, based on previous models, that the new release will be around the same price. Apple has released a new smartwatch the past few years in September, so it’s speculated that the new wearable device will launch in September of 2021.
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