Apple hasn’t changed the Apple Watch design drastically or visibly since it launched its first smartwatch six years ago. While most but not all smartwatches today sport a round face, Apple stuck to its square form for over half a decade. It still isn’t changing its shape, but the Apple Watch Series 7 could accompany the most important design change Apple has ever made for its wearables. Presuming, of course, these CAD renders are accurate.
The iPhone has largely informed the Apple Watch design of its generation. It had been around that point that Apple switched from the sharp, flat edges of previous iPhones to the curved frame of the iPhone 6 and later. The iPhone 12, however, changed that style language, and it seems that the Apple Watch 7 goes to follow in its footsteps.
The iPhone 12 series took a page from the iPad Pro’s design book and returned to the flat edges of the past. The new iPad Air has adopted that very same aesthetic, and therefore the upcoming iPad mini 6 is predicted to try to likewise. With Apple consolidating its design language, it won’t be a surprise if the Apple Watch Series 7 will appear like a small iPhone 12.
That’s the comparison that 91mobiles makes in describing the Apple Watch 7’s design. CAD-based renders show a smartwatch with very flat sides, though nothing else seems to possess changed. There are, however, larger speaker slits on the left side, but that seems to be a minor upgrade as compared.
Not much else is understood about the Apple Watch Series 7 now, apart from small improvements to existing features. Unfortunately, one of the most important rumored features won’t make it this year, with a blood glucose monitor still years far away from being commercially viable. The next-gen Apple Watch could even be slightly slimmer than its predecessor at 44mm x 38mm x 9mm, but we’ll need to await more rumors to crop up to verify those figures.