The new Apple Watch 7: When will it be out, how much will it cost, and what features will it have?
Apple Watch 7 Price
Unless Apple throws a curveball, we have a solid idea of how much the Apple Watch 7 will cost. The company’s flagship 40mm version with GPS is typically $399.
The 44mm size costs just over, plus an additional $100 for Cellular support in either size. Changes in size and connectivity, however, can affect the price of the Apple Watch.
This year may also be the one where Apple lowers the cost of cellular service. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE and Apple SE eSIM version both cost an additional $50.
Many had hoped for a radical design overhaul with the Series 6, which we didn’t get. Though, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts a “major design overhaul” for the Series 7.
What that this would look like is unknown: a slimmer body is conceivable, as is a rejig of the control buttons. We could even see a round face that’s long been rumoured (though don’t bet on it, considering the implications for the watchOS interface). If you’re curious if there will be a circular Apple Watch, the answer is probably no. However, patents did once indicate that Apple had considered such a concept.
According to a recent Apple patent, the Apple Watch will be contoured to fit the user’s wrist. Making the Samsung Galaxy Watch look bland in comparison to the conceptual redesign of the much-loved Apple Watch.
(Also, within the same patent, there’s a lot of talk of “blow events, which sounds dubious. Though it’s speculated that this means you could blow on your watch to take a call. If that’s not sci-fi for you, we’re not sure what is).
Apple has been rumoured to be replacing the Apple Watch’s OLED displays with either Mini-LED or Micro-LED panels for quite some time. The benefit of modern displays is how much more energy-efficient they can be, resulting in longer battery life. Which is something we’ve been crying out for. However, Apple Insider says this won’t be a reality until 2023.
If we had to predict when the Apple Watch Series 7 will be out, we’d say September 2021. Every year in the fall, Apple has unveiled a new smartwatch during a Tuesday keynote, with availability beginning the following Friday or the following week.
For the first time this year, Apple separated the activities for the next-generation Apple Watch and iPhone. The Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE were introduced alongside the next iPad Air, while the iPhone 12 lineup was unveiled separately.
If a live, in-person keynote is possible in 2021, Apple could synchronise its fall hardware announcements.
Apple Watch 7 Rumours – Features we’re anticipating
While the Apple Watch 7 is still a few months away from release, we already have a good idea of what the next model will have, thanks to some recent reports and familiarity with Apple’s smartwatch lineup.
The Apple Watch 7, which will be released as the successor to the Apple Watch 6, is expected to have many updates to make the reigning smartwatch much better. We could see another advanced health sensor, a better display, and longer battery life, among other things.
Since 2015, Apple has released a new version every year (in 2020, it released two), so we’re sure that a Series 7 is on the way. Another new variation may be released alongside it, similar to how the Apple Watch SE was released alongside the Series 6.
According to an Apple survey of Apple Watch health-tracking behaviours, the Apple Watch 7 may include blood glucose monitoring.
According to Bloomberg, the next Apple Watch 7 may include new swim-tracking functionality.
Fingerprint identification with Touch ID
Several rumours have emerged claiming that Apple’s Series 7 would include a Touch ID. This could be either under the panel itself, as with the iPhone 13, or the Digital Crown, similar to the 2020 iPad Air power button.
Apple is technologically capable of accomplishing this. However, will the drawbacks in terms of cost, production, or size be worth it?
Remember that the typical Apple Watch is only unlocked once a day, and that action in itself is hardly a hassle.
Blood glucose monitoring with the Apple Watch 7
Blood glucose monitoring could be one of the Apple Watch 7’s standout features. This may be very beneficial to people with diabetes. If accurate, it will measure blood sugar levels via your skin.
The Apple survey inquired about users’ health-tracking behaviours, including using apps to track drugs and blood sugar levels.
What We Want to See
While we can make educated guesses about what the Apple Watch 7 will cost, the most recent rumours are less reliable. While we’re still too early for authentic leaks from Apple, we can speculate on some features we’d like to see.
Better battery life
Apple is rumoured to be working on the way to improve the battery life of its wearables. We’re used to Apple Watches lasting 18 to 24 hours between charges, but we’d like to see one that lasts longer. If we saw a full week between charges as is speculated, sales would go through the roof.
Blood pressure monitoring
Apple Watch could get blood pressure monitoring next year for several reasons. It’s a good candidate for the company’s annual health function update, first and foremost. Apple can start competing with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which already has a blood pressure sensor, which is supported in some countries.
The business, however, appears to be taking a proprietary approach. Apple has a patent application that provides built-in blood pressure monitoring with correction factors, potentially giving it an advantage over the competition in health tracking watches. Samsung’s blood pressure monitor, for example, needs monthly calibration, and that can be time-consuming. We hoped Apple would build on Fitbit Sense’s stress management tools for Apple Watch 6 with similar features. Reportedly, Fitbit is already testing blood pressure for it’s Fitbit Sense. They didn’t come to fruition. Hopefully, this is going to change with the Apple Watch 7.
Mental health features
Although Apple has a clear lead in life-saving features, mental health services are also life-saving. Luckily for us, two trusted leakers confirm that Apple is working on a way for the watch to signal when you’re having a panic attack or are under a lot of stress. Apple Watch 7 can soon move from an OLED to a microLED display, making for a slimmer and more power-efficient Apple Watch. MicroLED screens are sharper and don’t suffer from the same luminance decay problems as traditional OLED panels.
Bloomberg reported in 2018 that the company is manufacturing MicroLED displays in a run-down California building. They weren’t eligible for the Apple Watch 6, but the most recent display could be available in 2021. Again, drawing some conclusions about the Apple Watch 7 is premature. We’re just as excited as you are to learn more about Apple’s next-generation wearable.
Apple Watch 7 Rumours – Final Word
We’re hoping Apple raises the stakes. The rivalry is fiercer than ever: the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Fitbit Sense are only two of the most recent Apple Watch competitors worth considering.
That’s all we know for now, but we’ll of course keep you updated as things progress!
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Last Updated on June 4, 2021