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Apple Watch 7 to get a size bump with larger screens and flat-edge design, report says

CNET 30 August, 2021 - 11:04am

The Apple Watch 7 could get a bigger screen than the Apple Watch 6, shown above. 

The Series 7 Apple Watch will reportedly feature a slightly larger display with a flat-edge design. The Apple Watch 7 will come in 41mm and 45mm sizes, according to a Sunday report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Since the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2017, the case sizes for the tech giant's smartwatch have come in 40mm and 44mm options. 

The size boost was previously rumored by a leaker on Chinese social media platform Weibo and by MacRumors last week. 

Read more: Every Apple Watch 7 rumor we've heard so far 

Due to the increased size, Gurman speculates Apple will bundle a collection of updated watch faces, including a new Infograph Modular face. The Apple Watch 7 is also expected to get a faster processor and possible new health features like a body-temperature sensor, the report says. 

The smartwatch could make an appearance at a rumored September Apple event alongside the iPhone 13 and AirPods 3.   

Apple didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for comment. 

Growing 'Apple Watch Series 7' isn't on the same path as the iPhone | AppleInsider

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The new "Apple Watch Series 7" models are growing, following the same pattern that the iPhone has. But, it's not quite for the same reasons.

Recent rumors and leaks have suggested that the "Apple Watch Series 7" could receive a slight size increase along with a redesign, expanded health features, and other new updates. These changes include a rumor that the Apple Watch will be arriving in 41mm and 45mm sizes, indicating the new models will be a little bigger than previous versions.

The size claims don't necessarily mean the upcoming Apple Watch is going to go the way of the iPhone, becoming unwieldy for users with smaller hands. While growth could occur, it may not necessarily have that much of an impact on the Apple Watch's overall size, at least not to the level of the iPhone's changes.

Smartphones have only gotten bigger since their inception over a decade ago, when the first wave consisted of relatively compact devices with small screens. As time marched on, smartphones in general have grown in size, providing more screen space for their users, while staying reasonably thin.

This phenomenon isn't just limited to Android devices, as it has keenly been observed in the iPhone range.

The original iPhone measured 4.5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide, and 0.46 inches thick. While certainly not as svelte as current-generation models, the first iPhone is still much smaller than current-generation models.

The 2020 flagship model iPhone 12 measures 5.78 inches by 2.81 inches by 0.29 inches.

As a percentage, that means the iPhone 12 is over 28% taller and 17.5% wider than the first-generation device. It's not all bad, as the latest iPhone is less than two-thirds the thickness of the first.

Examining the main releases of each year and ignoring Max or Mini-style models, the iPhone stayed at around 4.5 inches in length for quite some time, before jumping an inch to 5.44 inches from the iPhone 6 onwards. The next serious length jump was from the 5.65 inches of the iPhone XS to the 5.94 inches of the iPhone 11.

The width hasn't undergone as much in the way of changes, going from 2.4 inches down to 2.31 inches for the iPhone 4, then growing again to 2.98 at its maximum for the iPhone 11.

These numbers may not sound like much, but they certainly make a difference in the hand. While many people prefer larger screens — hence the popularity of larger phones — it's hard to argue that some devices have become a bit too big for users with smaller hands.

The width hasn't massively changed on paper, as there's only really a half an inch difference. However, that change is just enough for users to notice, especially since width matters a lot more when trying to wrap your fingers around the edge of mobile devices to keep it secure.

Granted, the analysis so far has looked at the medium-sized main release models, but when expanded to other variants, size is still a problem.

The iPhone 12 mini, the current smallest iPhone Apple sells, is 5.18 inches tall, 2.53 inches wide, and 0.29 inches deep. Despite having "mini" in the name, it's still taller and wider than all iPhones released before the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 12 mini is 15% taller than the first-generation iPhone, 5% wider, and again two thirds the thickness.

At the other end of the size spectrum is the iPhone 12 Pro Max, at 6.33 inches tall, 3.07 inches wide, and 0.29 inches deep. That's a mammoth 40.6% increase in size from the original iPhone in height, while the 27.9% gain in width makes it much harder to handle.

Evidently, the trend for larger iPhones is set to continue for a long while yet, even for smaller models.

Luckily, there are some indications that the "Apple Watch Series 7" won't end up as a bulky and overly large watch.

For one, the size difference between the current Apple Watch Series 6 and the new models is said to be 1mm. The case sizes will go from 44mm and 40mm options, as seen in the Apple Watch Series 6, to 45mm and 41mm.

For reference, 1mm is about the size of a sharpened pencil point.

If you own an Apple Watch now, you can probably look down at it and imagine how little bulk will be added by a 1mm size difference. It's likely that, if you undertook that exercise to imagine a 1mm increase in size, you'd think that it's a tiny increase overall.

Another way to imagine the potential impact is how Apple jumped the sizes it offered from the Apple Watch Series 3, which was the last version to be available in 42mm and 38mm case sizes.

At the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4, the size increase was seen in the display, which got proportionately bigger compared to the Series 3's screen. Opinions at the time claimed the larger screens were welcomed, and that Apple had done so without making the Apple Watch feel cumbersome.

What's more likely is that the "Apple Watch Series 7" will get about a 1mm screen size bump from its new squared-off form factor. It might be roughly the same size and weight, but have a squarer form and a smaller screen bezel.

Additionally, leaks have claimed that the "Apple Watch Series 7" will be compatible with previous model watch bands. That suggests no major changes to its actual footprint, nor how bulky it will be on your wrist. It may feature a redesign, but it probably won't be massive.

Apple only increases the dimensions if it really has to, such as to improve other features — or by market demand.

For example, Apple's height and width bump for the iPhone X from the previous model was driven by using a considerably larger display. Sure, Apple could have constrained the new screen's size down to make the iPhone X the same size as its predecessor, but Apple thought the slight increase in screen estate warranted the physical growth.

It's worth taking into account the use cases of the iPhone and Apple Watch, as they are carried, stored, and used in completely different ways. The iPhone is certainly an in-the-hands device, designed for interactivity, but it's also stored in a pocket or bag when temporarily not in use.

By contrast, the Apple Watch is an ever-present device that needs to be reasonably compact, so Apple can't really get away with making a version that's perceived as too big for users to actually wear. Add in the relatively limited ways of interacting with the Apple Watch versus an iPhone, and there's fewer reasons for Apple to supersize the wearable device.

Of course, this is all speculation, and nobody outside of the spaceship knows for sure what Apple will be introducing in its fall event lineup. Though, for those concerned that Apple Watches will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone and become bigger every year, there are certainly some signs that this won't be the case.

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Apple Watch 7 reportedly bigger than ever, but these health upgrades could be out

Tom's Guide 30 August, 2021 - 06:45am

41mm and 45mm Apple Watch 7 sizes expected

According to Gurman, this year’s Apple Watch will be less about the features and more about the new look. It will have “a flatter display and edges, a faster processor and slightly larger screens,” wrote Gurman in the latest issue of his Power On newsletter

“I’m told that Apple will bundle multiple new watch faces to take advantage of the bigger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular face,” he added, noting that this will be only the second screen size increase in the wearable’s history after the Apple Watch 4 reduced the bezels in 2017.

Gurman reiterated Apple’s intention to produce a flatter, more angular design as seen on the iPhone 12 and 2021 iPad Pro. You can get a rough idea of what this will look like from the latest $60 knock offs emerging from China

Away from the Apple Watch, Gurman’s newsletter covers some interesting corporate gossip from Apple. Having passed his ten-year anniversary as Apple CEO, Tim Cook is unlikely to extend his stay far beyond 2025, Gurman says. Cook is apparently set to stay on for “one more major new product category” before hanging up his Apple lanyard at some point between 2025 and 2028. 

Given Cook’s long standing belief that augmented reality is the “next big thing”, it would seem appropriate for that product category to be the rumored Apple Glasses, rather than something like the Apple Car which is, as Gurman notes, quite a long way away. 

The success or failure of said product will directly impact the work of Cook’s successor, whomever that may be. From the current members of Apple’s executive team, Gurman believes four are especially strong bets: Greg Joswiak, Deidre O’Brien, John Ternus and Jeff Williams. But with a possible departure still some way away, Gurman notes that this list “could change quickly.”

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