Rumor: Apple Watch Series 7 preorders begin this week ahead of mid-October release

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in Apple Watch edited October 2021
Apple is reportedly preparing to initiate Apple Watch Series 7 preorders next week ahead of a launch in October, nearly a month after the device was announced at a special event, according to a leaker.

Apple Watch Series 7


Apple unveiled its next-generation wearable at the "California Streaming" event on Sept. 15. In a rare move, the company failed to announce when the device would be put up for sale, saying only that it is expected to arrive this fall.

Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, hit-or-miss leaker Jon Prosser on Thursday said Apple plans to begin preorders of Apple Watch Series 7 this week, with a wide launch anticipated for mid-October.

Prosser has a shaky track record when it comes to predicting Apple's release dates, though he has in the past provided accurate information about upcoming products.

Recent reports indicated that Apple faced production delays due in part to Watch's new design. Mass manufacturing was supposedly anticipated to begin in August, but assemblers ran into roadblocks that pushed the timeline back into September.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo detailed the production woes in a note to investors earlier this month, saying that complications related to a new OLED panel design and related technologies were to blame for the delay. Apple Watch Series 7 relies on an OLED G6 production line that can improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce panel cost, Kuo said. Additionally, the panel module features a new contact cable design that uses a low injection pressure overmolding (LIPO) process that can enhance durability.

Apple reportedly solved the manufacturing snag in early September and assembly partners began mass production a couple of weeks ago. That timeline aligns with Prosser's claims of a mid-October release schedule.

Apple Watch Series 7 features a refined chassis design that accommodates a larger Retina display with nearly 20% more screen area than the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple is also hanging its hat on ruggedization improvements and an enhanced power management system that provides faster charging with a new Magnetic Fast Charger USB-C Cable.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,221member
    Shut up. Take my money. 
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Let the bugs begin. 
  • Reply 3 of 9
    Nah….thank you. I will pass…..my series 6 is just fine
  • Reply 4 of 9
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,410member
    Kuyangkoh said:
    Nah….thank you. I will pass…..my series 6 is just fine
    I’m not sure why someone would read an article and comment on the rumored release of a product they have no intention of buying, but thanks for the update…we were on the edge of our seats in wonder. 
    muthuk_vanalingamibillnadriel
  • Reply 5 of 9
    Does anyone know if the S6 will remain in production? I am hoping to pick one up at a discount
  • Reply 6 of 9
    Too bad Apple is losing it. I would’ve definitely broken my 2 year upgrade cycle with this green S7 had they released it in 2019 when I bought my midnight green iPhone 11 Pro Max (which I intend to keep at least another year.) They would’ve matched perfectly. 

    But I got tired of charging the thing every night. Sometimes having to leave it overnight which defeated the sleep tracking purpose. Last year, I bought the Fitbit Sense and I love it. Not only can you add your Snap Bitmoji to the home screen, but the battery lasts 4-5 days. Why Apple can still only squeeze 18 hrs out of their watch is beyond me. Especially when their laptops are extremely power efficient. I still have the 2015 MacBook Air and it continues to out perform any brand new Windows based laptop. 


  • Reply 7 of 9
    I get 40-50 hours from an 80 minute full charge on my Blue Series 6. Don’t know why Apple still says 18 hours. Wanted my next WATCH to be Gold Aluminum. Blue looks like Black most of the time. So I’m stuck with a Blue 6 for at least another year.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    charlesncharlesn Posts: 323member
    I get 40-50 hours from an 80 minute full charge on my Blue Series 6. Don’t know why Apple still says 18 hours. Wanted my next WATCH to be Gold Aluminum. Blue looks like Black most of the time. So I’m stuck with a Blue 6 for at least another year.
    Apple's estimates are based on average usage of various features and you're clearly falling well under typical usage. You have to believe Apple would only be too happy to have the hours per charge be as many as possible. 
  • Reply 9 of 9
    KBuffett said:
    Does anyone know if the S6 will remain in production? I am hoping to pick one up at a discount
    Typically no, but hopefully you can still find retailers that have them in stock and are discounting them to clear out their inventory.
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