Apple Watch 7 could finally get a new look after six generations with consistent design, potentially with a flexible cover screen.
It goes after a new Apple patent, discovered by MacRumors that proposes an Apple Watch design that is designed to fit around the user’s wrist. This will not only be a radical departure from the square aesthetics of the current Apple Watch models, but also offer a design that stands out from other smartwatches such as the impressive Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
While we’ve seen several Apple Watch patents before, including one for an Apple Watch with a circular face, previous concepts seem archaic compared to this new one. The patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) features an integrated screen that bends and moves with the smartwatch band.
Like many of the best smartwatches, the Apple Watch lets you replace the straps with a variety of watch straps. To maintain that level of personalization, the portable patent allows users to swap things with digitally customizable tapes.
But because the screen is not limited to just the traditional dial area, it opens the smartwatch for all sorts of new functionalities, if this is the direction Apple chooses to go.
Another bonus of the flexible screen is the fact that Apple can shrink the frame down or do away with it. According to the patent, the frame may be “below 4-5 mm or even less than 1 mm, less than 0.5 mm, or eliminated.”
We have already seen flexible screens in TVs and smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Oppo’s new rollable handsets. The technology exists, it’s just supporting it in a way that keeps the Apple Watch durable and within a competitive price range. Apple certainly does not want to rush a flexible Apple Watch, and makes the same mistake Samsung made with its first attempt at the Galaxy Fold.
It’s not the only device with a flexible screen that Apple has conceptualized either. According to reports, the technology giant is on its way away from the rumored foldable iPhone Flip which may have the shape of a seashell, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
Just as you should not hold your breath for a foldable iPhone, a foldable Apple Watch is unlikely to come soon. It will definitely not materialize with the Apple Watch 7, although it will give Apple’s flagship a huge advantage over the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.