At this point, it is pretty certain that the Apple Watch Series 7 will get a completely new design with flat edges and new sizes. While this isn’t the first time Apple has redesigned its smartwatch, a major change like this has led to divergent rumors about the compatibility of Apple Watch Series 7 bands with previous generations of Apple Watch.
The first-generation Apple Watch was available in 38mm and 42mm cases, sizes that stuck through to the Apple Watch Series 3. With Apple Watch Series 4, the company made the product a bit more rounded and increased the sizes to 40mm. and 44 mm. However, all watch straps are interchangeable, which means you can use Series 4 and later watch straps on older models and vice versa.
This year, Apple is rumored to increase the sizes of the Apple Watch Series 7 to 41mm and 45mm. Although this is only a 1mm shift, the Apple Watch Series 7 cases will be completely flat, which could result in the straps from previous versions not being compatible with newer models.
A few days ago, an anonymous user identified as UnclePan, who was the first to reveal the new Series 7 sizes, said that the watchbands from previous versions of the Apple Watch will continue to be compatible with the new Apple Watch Series 7 design. However, Max Weinbach has now said on Twitter that the new Apple Watch straps “will not be compatible with older watches.”
Fwiw, I heard from an Apple store employee that they are no longer fitting 40 / 44mm bands anymore and I hope the new Apple watch will use different bands which will not be compatible with the old watches https://t.co/BY9D8WQLFf
– Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) September 2, 2021
It’s hard to say what exactly Apple will do, so we’ll probably have to wait until the new watch straps hit stores to find out if they are interchangeable or not. However, it is worth noting that Apple has already made some slight modifications to the Apple Watch straps and they remain compatible with all Apple Watch models.
For example, Apple says that its Solo Loop band requires an Apple Watch Series 4 or later. At the same time, the normal watch straps introduced after Series 4 are theoretically “designed for Series 4 and compatible with previous generations.”
When it comes to some specific watch straps (like Braided Solo Loop), you can see that the fit isn’t exactly perfect on pre-Apple Watch Series 4 models, but they are compatible, and that may be the case this year. Apple Watch. Another thing to keep in mind is that Apple will probably have to continue to offer watchbands for the Apple Watch SE, which is unlikely to get the new design this year.
Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to be announced at Apple’s September event (yet to be announced), though rumors suggest shipments will be delayed.
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