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Apple Watch 7's fall release may be affected by component shortages

Apple warned earlier this year that COVID-related shortages would affect some of its products.

Apple Watch Series 7
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Apple's new Watch Series 7 will be released sometime this fall and may have fallen victim to the COVID-related manufacturing delays the company had signaled earlier in the year.

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Apple announced its $399 Watch Series 7 during a livestreaming event Tuesday. The device will feature a 20% larger display than the Series 6, and a design which offers "softer, more rounded corners."

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In July the company warned of component shortages that could affect its iPhone line in particular. But the new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro lines will instead be available much sooner -- from Friday next week.

Naturally, Apple isn't the only company affected by the pandemic -- industries around the globe have been affected by component shortages, which Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon called a "supply chain crisis."

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.