There have been multiple reports that suggests that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 could have a larger display than its predecessors. This is good news because a larger display would allow more information to be shown, which can be useful. However, there might be a problem with compatibility with older Apple Watch bands.
This is according to leakster Max Weinbach who claims that the older bands might not be compatible with the new models. The tweet cites an Apple Store employee who told him that the shops are no longer getting 40/44mm bands because the new models will not be compatible with them.
Fwiw I've heard from an Apple store employee that they're not getting anymore 40/44mm bands in and expect the new Apple watch to use different bands that won't be compatible with old watches https://t.co/BY9D8WQLFf
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) September 2, 2021
Now, if the rumors are true about a larger display, it would mean a larger body, which means that the slot to put the straps in would also be longer. In this case it would make sense that the older straps are no longer compatible. However, if that were the case, we imagine that this would make quite a number of users angry.
This is because we’re sure that some users have spent a lot of money on straps in the past. Apple also sells the Hermes leather straps which are crazy expensive and making it obsolete in a year after it launched seems a bit unreasonable. That being said, some believe that the older bands will continue to be compatible, but we’ll have to wait for Apple’s announcement to confirm it.