Apple may release a rugged smartwatch this year; Reports

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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iPhone maker Apple is reportedly considering releasing a rugged version of its Apple Watch for use in “Extreme Environments”.

The company is said to have considered a release as early as later this year, or 2022. The watch, if released, could have core features similar to the regular Apple Watch, but with a more rugged design, such as a rubberized exterior. The report also notes that Apple is working on new swim-tracking features for its watches.

Although the fact that the company’s current watches are common for exercise tracking and are water-resistant to 50 meters, they aren’t considered rugged enough for extreme sports like water skiing without additional security. Other smartwatch firms, such as Suunto and Garmin have been able to gain a foothold in the industry of more advanced products as a result of this.

After the initial release of the Apple Watch in 2015, the company considered launching a more rugged version of the Apple Watch at least once. However, the plans never made it into a consumer product, and there’s a fair possibility that the new plans will be scrapped or postponed.

However, if it is released, the latest rugged model will be available alongside conventional Apple Watch models, similar to the company’s low-cost Apple Watch SE released last year. Apple’s smartwatches are typically released in the second half of the year.

The tech giant also released the Apple Watch Series 6 last year, in addition to the Apple Watch SE. The model was not worth upgrading for someone who already owned a Series 4 or Series 5 watch because the changes were so gradual. Meanwhile, a rugged version might provide a compelling argument to upgrade.

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