Apple launched the Series 6 Watch last month. It’s an impressive smartwatch jam-packed with exciting and life-saving features. But it leaves a lot to be desired. Series 6 has the same old design. The Apple Watch hasn’t received a radical design upgrade in years. The 2021 Apple Watch Series 7 is still about a year away. But a lot of fans have already been looking forward to it. Let’s take a look at the expected release date, rumored features, and other details of the Series 7.
Apple Watch Series 7 release date
The Cupertino company has typically launched new Apple Watch models in the month of September. Series 3 launched on Sept.22, 2017. The Apple Watch Series 4 launched on Sept.21, 2018. Last year’s Series 5 debuted on Sept.20. Apple took the wraps off the latest Series 6 on Sept.15 and started selling it on Sept.18.
The company managed to stick to the annual release cycle with Series 6 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect the tech giant to launch the Apple Watch Series 7 in September 2021.
Apple Watch Series 7 design
Apple seems determined to change the Apple Watch design in 2021. According to the ever-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, the 2021 Watch will boast a “significant form factor design change.”
Separately, DigiTimes has learned from supply chain sources that the Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a new display technology. The Series 7 would get a microLED display panel. It will be thinner and consume less battery than the LCD and OLED panels, leading to an improved battery life.
Apple has reportedly paid $330 million to Taiwan-based AU Optronics for the supply of microLED panels of 20-25 microns.
The iPhone maker also owns a patent for integrating Touch ID fingerprint sensor into a smartwatch. Apple could add the technology to next year’s Series 7 Watch. The biometric security feature would be a worthy upgrade.
International Watch faces
The Apple Watch Series 6 was expected to introduce international watch faces. But the watchOS 7 didn’t bring international watch faces, even though the preliminary version of the software had them. So, users are now expecting them to arrive next year, most likely with the Series 7 Watch. Adding new watch faces shouldn’t be a difficult task for Apple.
Apple Watch Series 7 wishlist
1- Blood sugar monitoring
The Apple Watch has increasingly become a health and fitness focused smartwatch. The latest Series 6 has incredibly useful features like ECG monitoring, blood oxygen sensor, irregular heart rhythm notifications, and high and low heart rate notifications among other things.
We expect the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 to introduce blood sugar monitoring. It will be particularly useful for diabetic patients.
2- Mental health features
Mental health has become increasingly important, especially in the age of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat. The ever-reliable Twitter tipster Jon Prosser said earlier this year that Apple was exploring “mental health capabilities” for its smartwatch.
It’s too early to say how Apple would go about it. But we expect the Apple Watch Series 7 to detect anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. If it becomes a reality, it could save a lot of lives.