Apple is internally discussing releasing a rugged model of its Apple Watch designed to be used in “excessive environments,” in keeping with a brand new report in Bloomberg. The corporate is claimed to have thought of a launch as early as later this 12 months, or 2022. If launched, the watch might supply comparable core performance to the common Apple Watch, however with a extra rugged building corresponding to a rubberized exterior. The report additionally notes that Apple is planning new swim-tracking options for its watches.
Though the corporate’s present watches are already in style for train monitoring, and are waterproof to as much as 50 meters, they’re not thought of to be sturdy sufficient for excessive sports activities like water snowboarding with out further safety. This has allowed different smartwatch firms like Suunto and Garmin to discover a foothold out there with extra specialised gadgets.
In line with Bloomberg, Apple has thought of releasing a extra rugged model of its Apple Watch not 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 shopper gadget, and there’s each likelihood the present plans might find yourself being cancelled or delayed. If launched, nevertheless, the brand new rugged mannequin could be provided alongside the standard Apple Watch fashions, much like the low-cost Apple Watch SE the corporate launched final 12 months.
Apple tends to launch new smartwatches within the second half of the 12 months. In addition to the Apple Watch SE, final 12 months the corporate launched the Apple Watch Collection 6. Nonetheless, its enhancements had been so iterative we didn’t suppose it was price upgrading for anybody who already owns a Collection 4 or Collection 5 watch. A rugged model, in the meantime, might supply a way more substantial motive to improve.