The Apple Watch had a growth spurt in 2018 as the two size settings went from 38 / 42mm up to 40 / 44mm. A photo of a wrist strap, presumably for the Apple Watch Series 7, suggests the new model could grow by another millimeter.
The image shows a close-up of a surrounded “45 MM”, which is the way Apple marks wrist straps, as they of different sizes (usually) can not be replaced. This image is related to the leaks Uncle Pan said a few days ago – that the Series 7 will come in sizes 41 mm and 45 mm.
We’ve heard of a redesign for Apple’s smartwatch that will include a larger battery, flat sides and thinner frames. The CAD-based reproductions from earlier this year offered no hints of an increase in size, though not for the watch itself nor for its display (which should have been a given if the frames were slimmed down).
Interestingly, Uncle Pan claims that (despite the label) the new wrist straps will be compatible with the old 44 mm, ie. the point of attachment remains the same. This is good news if you have a favorite strap on an older watch.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is likely to be unveiled along with the new iPhone 13 generation. From what we’ve seen so far, iPhones go on sale on September 17th.