A rumor on Thursday claims that Apple’s next-generation Apple Watch is incompatible with current bracelets, a potential problem for upgraders who have invested in multiple Watch bracelets.
While a larger chassis should facilitate larger screens and potentially larger batteries, the change could make existing band and strap accessories obsolete, at least for upgrades.
“Uncle Pan” thinks the “old” bracelets will fit new models, but a new one rumor Leaker Max Weinbach refutes the claim.
“[For what it’s worth] Heard from an employee of an Apple store that he is out of 40/44mm straps and expects the new Apple Watch to use different straps that will not be compatible with the older watches Weinbach said in a tweet.
The claim is questionable at best, as Apple Store employees are typically not briefed on the company’s future product plans.
That said, a pair of leaks last week claim to show bands for the unannounced 41mm and 45mm Apple Watch models. It is not known if the supposedly new bands adapt to current devices.
Apple Watch is currently available in 40mm and 44mm case sizes, dimensions that were last changed when the device went from 38mm to 42mm with “Apple Watch Series 4” in 2018.
“Apple Watch Series 7” is expected to debut alongside “iPhone 13” at a special event this fall.