The Apple Watch 7 could finally get a new look after six generations of consistent design, potentially a sporty design.
This goes along with Apple’s new patent, spotted by MacRumors, which proposes an Apple Watch design designed to fit around the user’s wrist. This would not only be a radical departure from the square aesthetics of current Apple Watch models, but would also offer a design that stands out for other smartwatches like the impressive Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
Although we’ve already seen several Apple Watch patents, including one for the Apple Watch circular face, the previous concepts seem archaic compared to this new one. A patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) displays an integrated screen that bends and scrolls with the range of a smartwatch.
Like many of the best smartwatches, the Apple Watch allows you to replace straps with a variety of watches. To maintain that level of personalization, a wearable patent can replace items for users with digitally customizable ranges.
But since the screen isn’t limited to just the traditional watch area, it opens up a smartwatch for all sorts of new functionality, if this is the direction Apple decides to go.
Another bonus of the flexible screen is the fact that Apple can reduce the frame or remove it completely. According to the patent, the frame can be “below 4-5 mm or even less than 1 mm, less than 0.5 mm or removed”.
We’ve already seen flexible screens on TVs and smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the new Oppo new headset. The technology exists, it’s just about supporting it in a way that keeps the Apple Watch durable and within a competitive price range. Apple certainly won’t rush with the flexible Apple Watch, making the same mistake Samsung made with its first Galaxy Fold attempt.
It’s not the only flexible screen device Apple has designed. According to reports, the technology giant is dismissing rumors of a collapsible iPhone Flip that could take the shape of a shell, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
Just as you shouldn’t hold your breath for a collapsible iPhone, the foldable Apple Watch probably won’t be coming soon. It will definitely not materialize with the Apple Watch 7, although it would give Apple’s flagship model a big advantage over the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.