pay Apple’s next-generation smartwatch frontiers in a key area is the amount of information users can handle at once.
The company is working to increase the screen size of its new model, called the Apple Watch Series 7.
The company is introducing new watch faces that take advantage of the extra space. The company is expected to reveal the new lineup as early as this month.
The watch is marketed as 41 and 45 mm in diameter, which is an increase over the current versions with a diameter of 40 and 44 mm.
These sizes refer to the vertical dimension of the structure. The new screen – measured diagonally – measures 1.9 inches in the larger model, up from 1.78 inches.
The larger model has a resolution of 396×484 pixels, compared to 368×448 pixels across the current model. This increase means that the device has about 16 percent more pixels, allowing it to show more bits of information that appear across hours.
The smaller model is experiencing a similar leap. But both watches have thinner borders around the screens.
To take advantage of the new display size, the company has developed a series of new watch faces for the device, at least some of which may ship with the new model.
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New watch faces:
- Modular Max: Displays the time digitally along with displaying information such as the day of the week, outside temperature, or quick access to an app with extensions running the length of the screen stacked on top of each other below. This face is an upgrade of the existing Infograph Modular face, which can only show one major complexity.
- The world clock interface – called Atlas and World Timer internally – allows the user to see all 24 time zones simultaneously. An external disk shows the time zones, while an internal disk shows the time at each location. Users can choose to see the time either digitally or analogue.
- Continuum: The face changes based on the current time and clock.
Apple may announce its new watch this month
The company is also working on new faces for its Hermes and Nike-branded watches. The Hermes edition has numbers that change hour by hour, while the new Nike face features numbers that move based on a person’s movement.
This is the second time in Apple Watch history that the company has increased the screen size. The most recent increase was in 2018 with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4.
But Apple isn’t the only one that has embraced a nearly 2-inch screen. Last year, Oppo put a 1.9-inch screen in a device of the same name, which resembles the Apple Watch.
And Apple Watch Series 7 gets other upgrades. New models feature a faster processor and a redesigned chassis with flatter edges.
The new screen is designed with a new lamination technology that brings the screen closer to the cover glass. This, among other things, has resulted in production hiccups that could either delay the Apple Watch Series 7 shipping date or lead to supply shortages at launch.
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