Apple Watch gets its first major makeover: 7th-generation popular timepieces have flat bezels and a larger screen
- The Series 7 will come with “a flatter screen and bezels, a faster processor and slightly larger screens, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.”
- Several new watch faces are coming, including a new Infograph Modular watch face
- The new Apple Watch is available in sizes 41 and 45 millimeters
- Gurman suppresses rumors the 7 have new health monitors, saying a body temperature sensor won’t come until 2022 at the earliest
- Based on the past, Apple may reveal the Series 7 on September 8
Bigger is better when it comes to the Apple Watch Series 7, according to a recent report, indicating that the new iteration will have a larger screen and new flat bezel design.
In the latest edition of his Power On newsletterBloomberg journalist Mark Gurman added that the Series 7 will come with a variety of new watch faces to complement the larger screen.
“While last year’s upgrade focused on the blood oxygen sensor, this year’s… [upgrade] revolves around a new design with a flatter screen and bezels, a faster processor and slightly larger screens,” he wrote.
“I’m told that Apple will bundle several new watch faces to take advantage of the larger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular watch face.”
The suggested new design will bring the watch in line with the latest iPhones, which swapped out curved edges for flat ones with the most recent update in fall 2002.
What the Series 7 won’t have is a new health sensor, Gurman claims. That will probably not come until 2022 at the earliest, in the form of a body temperature meter.
He confirmed that the Series 7 will be available in sizes 41 and 45 millimeters, with 40 and 44 millimeters for the Series 6.
Apple first increased the display size of the Apple Watch with the Series 4 in 2017, according to to 9to5Mac.
Details about the Apple Watch 7 are expected to be formally announced along with the iPhone 13 at the company’s September event, which could take place as early as September 8.
Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
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Rockley Photonics, makers of chipsets that can detect blood sugar levels, blood pressure and other diagnostics, recently revealed that tech giant Apple is its top customer
Apple is increasingly positioning the Apple Watch as a wellness tool: SCC filings first reported in May 2021 suggested the company was using UK-based Rockley Photonics to develop non-invasive sensors that measure blood pressure, measure blood sugar and other biochemical markers.
The Apple Watch 6 was the first to read oxygen in the blood, but if the new technology makes it to the upcoming Series 7, it could affect the more than 436 million people living with diabetes worldwide.
Rockley Photonics products non-invasively track various health functions with infrared, including body temperature, blood pressure, and blood glucose, alcohol and oxygen levels.
Apple CEO Tim Cook personally tested a blood glucose tracker in 2017, and it was rumored that such a monitor would ship with the Apple Watch Series 7 next month.
The rumored ‘Explorer Edition’ Apple Watch could launch later this year or early 2022. Pictured: An Apple Watch Series 6
However, Gurman says that’s not true – and Rockley won’t ship its health monitoring chipsets until the first half of 2022 at the earliest, the Telegraph reported: in May.
The Apple Watch Series 6 has touted a number of new health features, including a sensor that reads blood oxygen levels in just 15 seconds by measuring the color of the blood flowing through the wearer’s body.
Blood oxygen is most commonly used as a measure of heart fitness and health, reflecting how well red blood cells carry oxygen around the body.
The heart monitor on the Apple Watch Series 4, released in 2018, allows users to perform an electrocardiogram to measure the electrical activity of their heart.
HAVE APPLE WATCHES EVER REALLY SAVED LIVES?
In 2018, a Michigan woman saved her drowning husband’s life by calling 911 on her Apple Watch. But that’s not the first time the wearable has helped owners in dire circumstances.
In April 2017, Casey Bennett of Laytonsville, Maryland, was driving home from school when he was hit by another vehicle, sending him and his Jeep Patriot flying through the air.
A 28-year-old was able to receive life-saving treatment for a pulmonary embolism because his Apple Watch detected a sudden rise in his heart rate
Bennett, 22, found himself hanging only by his seat belt in the driver’s seat, with his iPhone too far out of reach to call for help.
However, he recalled that his Apple Watch had an emergency SOS feature and held down the side button to contact the emergency responder, who arrived within six minutes.
Many wearers use the Apple Watch’s heart monitoring capabilities to detect heart problems early.
James Green, 32, said in 2017 that his timepiece notified him of a sudden rise in his heart rate, a sign of a possible pulmonary embolism.
Having had a life-threatening blood clot before, Green ran to the hospital, where doctors found a new blood clot in his lungs that could have killed him in minutes if left untreated.
He says the only reason he’s alive is because of that report.
‘Never thought a stupid lil [sic] wrist computer I bought two years ago would save my life,” Green tweeted. “I saw my heart rate go up, it ended up being a pulmonary embolism.”