Apple hasn’t really tinkered with the Apple Watch design since the device’s launch a few years ago. In return, there has been a lot of hype and intrigue around Apple Watch Series 7. According to reports, the next generation of Apple Watch will boast a brand new design that will see rounded corners replaced with flat edges. In addition, the Apple Watch Series will reportedly have a flatter screen and is available in 41mm and 45mm configurations.
However, the new design can cause some headaches for longtime Apple Watch enthusiasts. Nothing is certain yet, but rumors say that the larger Apple Watch chassis on the Series 7 model will make existing Apple Watch tapes incompatible. Why would Apple change bands now?
Your old Apple Watch straps may not fit
This particular rumor comes to us from the well-known delicious Max Weinbach. In the past, Weinbach has provided accurate reports on Apple’s upcoming product plans. In a post on Twitter, Weinbach forwarded the following:
Fwiw, I’ve heard from an Apple store employee that they no longer get 40 / 44mm straps in and expect the new Apple watch to use different straps that are not compatible with old watches.
Again, Weinbach has revealed exact Apple rumors before, so this little bit is definitely worth paying attention to.
Among credible reports that the Apple Watch Series 7 is getting bigger, the notion that existing Apple Watch straps do not fit is credible. At the same time, it seems decidedly user-friendly for Apple to drop a new Apple Watch that makes all existing Apple Watch bands incompatible. Some Apple Watch enthusiasts have perceived that existing watch bands will work on the upcoming Apple Watch, albeit not as smoothly as on previous models.
The Apple Watch Series 7 may not ship in September
Apple typically releases new Apple Watch models in September. The Apple Watch Series 7 may be an exception to this rule.
According to a report from Nikkei Asia, there are some production issues with the Apple Watch Series 7. In particular, Apple’s production partner encountered “critical challenges in achieving satisfactory production performance.”
The production challenges probably stem from Apple’s brand new watch design. Aside from the new form factor, keep in mind that the new watch reportedly features a new display technology. Specifically, the display itself will be located closer to the front glass than on previous models.
Predictably, Apple is working “around the clock” to eradicate any cracks in the manufacturing process.
At this time, there is no indication of when mass production will begin. On the other hand, there is a good chance that the Apple Watch Series 7 release may be delayed and will be limited by the offer when it finally arrives.
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