Apple Watch Series 7 changes detailed, including a fingerprint scanner; Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch Explorer Edition also in the frame
Bloomberg has revealed some information about the Watch Series 7, Apple's upcoming smartwatch for 2021. According to the pair, Apple is targeting four major upgrades for this year: a new ultra-wideband chip (UWB), an improved SoC, a revised display and a fingerprint scanner.
While Bloomberg has not revealed anything about Apple's new SoC, it has detailed some of the Watch Series 7's innovations. Apparently, a new lamination technique allows the display to sit nearer to the watch body. In addition, narrower display bezels will increase the impression that the Watch Series 7 has a more modern look about it too, even if the display shape remains unchanged.
Furthermore, the UWB chip will utilise the same technology as Apple uses in the AirTags. This change should also allow the Watch Series 7 to unlock doors and hotel rooms, as Apple previewed with watchOS 8.
Moreover, Bloomberg claims that Apple is developing a sensor that can measure blood sugar levels non-invasively and another that can monitor your temperature. These will not be ready before 2022, though.
In the meantime, Apple plans to launch a Watch SE successor to pitch as a cheaper alternative to the Watch Series 7. An 'Adventure Edition' or 'Explorer Edition' is also in development, which Apple has designed as competition to rugged smartwatches from the likes of Garmin. Bloomberg believes that this model will not arrive until 2022, but the Watch Series 7 remains on track for a 2021 release.