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Apple Watch 7 rumor backs up new bigger sizes

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The rumored Apple Watch 7 looks to be on its way, and the latest tidbit of unofficial information claims it’s also going to sport the first major redesign since the Apple Watch 4.

This rumor seems to corroborate a previous report that the Apple Watch 7 will be coming in new larger 41mm and 45mm size variants. The Apple Watch 6 came in 40mm and 44mm models. 

But what does that mean for existing Apple Watch straps and accessories?

Not a massive amount, from the sounds of things. New allegedly leaked images posted by Twitter user Majin Buu appear to show off an Apple Watch 7 strap, and it looks as though the connection mechanism is staying exactly the same. 

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While Majin Buu only shows off what is supposedly a 41mm solo loop for the Apple Watch 7, they claim that a 45mm model is on the way as well. We don’t have a lot of evidence for that, aside from a very grainy close-up shot posted by Twitter user DunaRui:

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The Apple Watch 7 is also said to come with a new flatter design, with rumors suggesting that we may see a flat display as well as flattened edges on each of the watch’s four sides. Thankfully those changes affect the actual watch itself, and shouldn’t have anything to do with the actual band connection.

And these rumors do claim that the Apple Watch 7 bands are identical to previous models. It means whatever band you used on your old Apple Watch should still work with the new models, even if Apple and accessory makers try and tempt you with some newer options.

Though it should go without saying that you’re not likely to be able to use a 40mm Apple Watch 6 band with a 45mm Apple Watch 7. So if you’re upgrading to a different-sized Apple Watch this year, you’re going to have to accept the fact your old strap won’t fit. But it has been that way for years, and shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.

Aside from a tweaked design, a new and faster S7 chip is expected along with improved fitness features, such as swim tracking. 

The Apple Watch 7 is expected to launch alongside the iPhone 13, which is currently rumored to be releasing on September 24. So it sounds like we don’t have very long to wait before we get to see Apple’s fall lineup. Check out our Apple Watch 7 hub for all the latest news and leaks. 

Tom Pritchard

Tom is the Tom's Guide's Automotive Editor, which means he can usually be found knee deep in stats the latest and best electric cars, or checking out some sort of driving gadget. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.