By all accounts, this year’s Apple Watch will not only get an exciting new design, but it will also have a slightly larger screen. Now it looks like it will also include an expanded range of new watch surfaces to take advantage of the larger and better screen.
In its latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman confirmed last week’s rumors of slightly larger screen sizes, while adding that Apple is also working on assembling “more new watch surfaces” for the larger screens.
This year’s watches come in sizes of 41 millimeters and 45 millimeters, up from 40 and 44 millimeters. I’m told that Apple will assemble several new watch surfaces to take advantage of the larger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular face. This will be the second time in Apple Watch’s history that the company will increase the screen size after the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2017.
This is not entirely surprising, as Apple did the same when it introduced the 40mm / 44mm screens with the Apple Watch Series 4 back in 2018, but with new display technology on the way, this year’s new faces could be even more significant.
Furthermore, as with the new watch surfaces for the Series 4, these would be exclusive to the Series 7, as opposed to simply part of the new features that come in watchOS 8.
Always improved on screen
First, even though the Apple Watch Series 5 added an Always On Display, Apple did not release new dials that really took advantage of the new display technology. This year, however, watchOS 8 promises to bring some great improvements to Always On Display, with support for more Apple apps and the ability for third-party developers to take better advantage of it.
This will probably also include third-party complications on dials, and new dials may show these in a whole new way.
An exciting new display
More significantly, the screen not only gets bigger, but it also needs to get better thanks to a new lamination technique that will bring the screen closer to the front.
In fact, it was Gurman who shared these details earlier in the year, suggesting that the new display could look more like it was sitting on top of the glass, rather than under it. With the new design, the display is also expected to be almost completely flat.
If this is correct, it’s easy to see how Apple might want to showcase this with a whole new range of watches designed to take advantage of this new look. For example, with a flat screen, dials will be able to get all the way to the edge for the first time ever.
We expect the screens to be more in line with the look of Apple’s latest iPhone 12 models, which makes sense, as the physical design is supposed to reflect the modern iPhones with flat, square edges and a much thinner frame around the screen.
The redesign of the Apple Watch Series 7 would actually set a trend that began with the Series 4 three years ago, suggesting that Apple is working on a three-year cycle of major design changes to its laptop.
This new design will probably be the most significant new feature for this year’s Apple Watch, as Gurman has also added that there will be no major health upgrades this time around, while confirming his previous suspicion that the rumors that are body temperature sensor, is coming first “at least next year.”