Apple is internally discussing releasing a rugged model of its Apple Watch designed to be used in “excessive environments,” in accordance with a brand new report in Bloomberg. The corporate is claimed to have thought-about a launch as early as later this yr, or 2022. If launched, the watch may provide comparable core performance to the common Apple Watch, however with a extra rugged development reminiscent of a rubberized exterior. The report additionally notes that Apple is planning new swim-tracking options for its watches.
Though the corporate’s current watches are already fashionable for train monitoring, and are waterproof to as much as 50 meters, they’re not thought-about to be sturdy sufficient for excessive sports activities like water snowboarding with out further safety. This has allowed different smartwatch corporations like Suunto and Garmin to discover a foothold available in the market with extra specialised units.
In line with Bloomberg, Apple has thought-about releasing a extra rugged model of its Apple Watch no less than as soon as earlier than, after the discharge of the unique mannequin again in 2015. However the plans by no means made it right into a client system, and there’s each likelihood the present plans may find yourself being cancelled or delayed. If launched, nonetheless, the brand new rugged mannequin could be supplied alongside the normal Apple Watch fashions, much like the low-cost Apple Watch SE the corporate launched final yr.
Apple tends to launch new smartwatches within the second half of the yr. In addition to the Apple Watch SE, final yr the corporate launched the Apple Watch Sequence 6. Nevertheless, its enhancements had been so iterative we didn’t suppose it was price upgrading for anybody who already owns a Sequence 4 or Sequence 5 watch. A rugged model, in the meantime, may provide a way more substantial purpose to improve.