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Over the past six years, the Apple Watch has become one of the company’s most iconic and recognizable products, but if recent rumours are true, it looks like Apple may be planning to breathe some fresh air into the design this year with the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7.
While we’ve already heard several reports on what improvements this year’s Apple Watch may offer on the inside, including such things as accurate blood pressure measurements and blood glucose monitoring, we’ve heard very little about what the exterior of the Apple Watch could turn out like.
While reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had hinted last fall that the 2021 Apple Watch would include a “significant form factor design change,” he didn’t elaborate on exactly what the new design would entail, however now prolific leaker Jon Prosser is filing in the blanks with a new report that suggests Apple will be morphing the Series 7 into something that will match the aesthetic of the iPhone 12, iPad Pro, and fourth-generation iPad Air.
In other words, the Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to get squared-off edges, although Prosser does add that this design will be “more subtle” on the Apple Watch than it is on the iPhone 12.
Prosser, who appeared to be unaware that Kuo had previously predicted a design change, shared the information with AppleTrack’s Sam Kohl on the Genius Bar podcast, referring to it as a “slight redesign.” Kohl, who had apparently received some images from Prosser, described it as being similar in style to a number of other Apple products.
I have seen images of the new Apple Watch from a very highly trusted source, and it follows similar Apple design language to a number of their other products, for everything to fall in line.Sam Kohl, The Genius Bar Podcast
Prosser and Kohl also hinted that the new Apple Watch may also be available in at least one new colour option, a green version that’s expected to correspond with the same colour on the AirPods Max and iPad Air.
It’s also a bit unclear whether Apple will only be producing the green version, since Kohl mentions that it makes sense for Apple to redesign the watch to align with its other products, and although he’s likely talking about the squared off edges, it seems reasonable that Apple may not simply stop at green, but could choose to create versions that match all of its AirPods Max colours.
Based on Prosser’s photos, which were not shared with the viewing audience, Kohl added that the new design “looks and feels right” and it’s “not like a 90-degree angle,” more similar to the edge of an iPad.
If true, this would be the first actual redesign in the history of the Apple Watch. Although Apple moved to a larger display with the Apple Watch Series 4 back in 2018, the wearable still retained the same aesthetic that had been used since the original Apple Watch launched in 2015.
Kohl also mentioned a rumour he heard a year ago from The Verifier that Touch ID was also coming to the Apple Watch Series 7 this year, but adds that he doesn’t know if that’s really going to happen.
Another reliable report from March suggested Apple may also be working on a rugged “Extreme Sports” version of the Apple Watch, which would rival Casio’s G-Shock wearables and tentatively be known as the “Explorer Edition.” It’s unclear if that’s coming this year, and either way it’s expected to be a special edition model that sits above the standard Apple Watch.