Get the strap you need Of course, as always, you'll need the right strap size for the right watch size. The previous bands that fit the 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 will fit the Series 7, and the 44mm straps will fit the new 45mm size. If you have a Single Loop or a Braided Single Loop, simply pull the bottom of the band to stretch it over your wrist when you put it on and take it off. However, just like all previous bands fit the Apple Watch Series 7, these 41mm and 45mm straps are compatible with previous watches.
Before the Apple event, rumors suggested that Series 7 would have a flat-edge redesign, so it would no longer be compatible with older bands. Fortunately, that is not the case. Apple barely expanded the dimensions of the watch itself creating an enveloping effect and a soft-edged design. When you buy Apple Watch bands now, you can choose between 41mm and 45mm case sizes for greater compatibility.
According to company advice, 41mm straps should work for 38mm and 40mm cases, while 45mm straps should work for 42mm and 44mm cases. In other words, the new bands work with Apple Watch Series 3 and later, including the mid-range Apple Watch SE. There seems to be some similarity between the strap and the watchOS 8 compatibility, right? Apple didn't create a Magic Keyboard for iPad mini 6, and Lululook's magnetic keyboard may be a testament to why. For those who are planning to buy the Apple Watch 7, or who want to buy a pair of bands for someone else who plans to buy the Apple Watch 7, the strap size options will match the Apple Watch 7 case size options.
The company has promised that all existing Apple Watch bands will work with the Series 7 and its extended displays, so if you've accumulated a collection of great bands, it won't be useless if you decide to upgrade it. If you're an Apple Watch fan, you've probably invested a lot of money over the years to create your personal band collection. Usually, any watch band will be compatible with any Apple Watch, however, there are some differences in which Apple Watch band you can use depending on whether you have opted for the large or small version of your Apple Watch generation. Another possible explanation implies that some bands need a redesign to adapt to the new watches and others do not.
The only nod Apple made to the Apple Watch size modifications was the mention of watch band compatibility. The Apple Watch Series 7 was one of many announcements made during Apple's “California Streaming” event, sharing the stage alongside iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, a new iPad Mini with USB-C charging, and more. More than a year ago, Apple announced plans to search for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) with the release of iOS 15.2.It's unclear if the reason bands like Milanese Loop aren't available is because Apple simply doesn't want to ship any more straps that say 40mm or 44mm or because the Milanese Loop will require a redesign to match the flat-edge case. Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are only compatible with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer.
We saw reports that the edges of the Apple Watch case would be flat, similar to the current crop of iPhones. Contrary to some rumors prior to the event, the redesigned Apple Watch Series 7 will not require new watch bands and will continue to be compatible with all previous ones.