For this year’s Apple Watch Series 7, Apple is testing thinner display borders and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.
From the report:
For this year’s model, Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. The new Watch is likely to be slightly thicker overall, but not in a way that’s noticeable to the user.
The model will also include updated ultra-wideband functionality, the same underlying technology in Apple’s AirTag item finder, according to Gurman, although additional biometric sensors are likely to be pushed back to a successor model.
Apple had previously aimed to put a body temperature sensor in this year’s model, but that is now more likely to be included in the 2022 update. The blood-sugar sensor, which would help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for several more years.
Apple previewed its upcoming watchOS 8 software update at WWDC last week, demonstrating previously unseen features like the ability for Apple Watch to unlock door and hotel rooms.
Gurman previously reported that Apple is working on an extreme sports model of the Apple Watch and that it could launch as soon as this year. However, Gurman has now revised that expectation and says that it won’t arrive until 2022 at the earliest.