Ever since the launch of the first Apple Watch, Apple has largely kept the same design of its smartwatch. While they did introduce slightly larger displays in the Series 4 onwards, for the most part it still looked the same. However, leading up to the announcement of the Apple Watch Series 7, there were rumors about a potential redesign.

It turns out that the rumors were wrong, sort of.

While the Apple Watch Series 7 was not the massive redesign the rumors claimed it to be, there were some design changes but they are kind of subtle, but overall the watch still looks largely the same. However, some of the rumors were right, such as the increase in display size where it is now pushed even closer to the edge.

According to Apple, we’re looking at 20% more screen area and 40% thinner borders. Comparing it side-by-side to the older models makes the size upgrade more apparent.

Speaking of displays, the Series 7 comes with a more crack-resistant display and will also be the first Apple Watch to have an IP6X certification for dust resistance, and WR50 water resistance. Apple also claims that the Apple Watch Series 7 will be able to charge 33% faster than the Series 6, while maintaining the same 18 hour battery life.

While there are no new health sensors, Apple did introduce some new software features like fall detection during workouts, so basically if you were fine with the health features from the previous models, then this shouldn’t be any different.

There will be a bunch of new bands for users to choose from, and Apple made it a point to mention that older bands will remain compatible with the Series 7 despite the larger display.

The Apple Watch Series 7 will be priced starting at $399 and will be available this fall with no specific dates mentioned.

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