I find it curious how rumors about the Series 7 Apple Watch got to the point where it became generally accepted that the new model would have flat sides, à la the recent iPhones and iPads Pro, Air, and now mini. This would have been a completely new body design for a watch that has not seen a notable one since it debuted in 2015.
The screen on the new Series 7 is indeed larger than the previous Series 6. 20% more screen area, in fact. It must have been speculated that, to accomplish such a feat, a curved edge on the watch just wouldn’t provide enough internal room for more screen. I see this as a misinterpretation on the part of supply chain leakers about what facts they were able to glean from the access they have.
A possible series of events:
We’ve all got a new Series 7 Apple Watch with curved sides. It looks like a neat update. Maybe the flat-sided Apple Watch will come next time. Until then, rumor sites, as they have always been, are best explored with an enormous grain of salt.2