Since 2021, rumors have hinted at a new rugged edition of the Apple Watch intended for extreme sports. Recent reports have confirmed that this tougher model is set to be introduced later this year, and now Bloomberg claims that the Apple Watch Rugged Edition will feature a sturdier metal case and larger screen.
Rugged Apple Watch
A new report published by Bloomberg Wednesday reveals more details on what to expect from the new rugged Apple Watch. And interestingly, it looks like this model will have a bigger screen than any Apple Watch ever made.
Both analysts Ross Young and Jeff Pu said earlier this week that Apple is working on an Apple Watch Series 8 model with a 1.99-inch screen. It was unclear if Apple planned to replace the 45mm model with the new one or if the larger screen would be a feature of the all-new version of the Apple Watch.
According Bloomberg’s sources, the larger screen will be one of the main features of the new rugged Apple Watch. The larger screen with a resolution of 410 x 502 pixels will allow the system to display more information during exercises.
The report also mentions that this model will be built with stronger metal “rather than aluminum” to make it even tougher. However, there is no mention of which metal will be used – it could be steel or titanium. Due to its larger size, the rugged watch is also said to have a larger battery.
The Rugged Apple Watch is rumored to be priced higher than the $699 Stainless Steel Apple Watch.
Apple recently released a new ad promoting the durability of the Apple Watch Series 7, so it looks like the company is really committed to creating a rugged version of its smartwatch.
Apple Watch Series 8 Rumors
Bloomberg corroborates previous rumors about the regular Apple Watch Series 8 models, which should keep the same design and screen size as the Series 7 models. The main new feature of this year’s Apple Watch is the addition of a body temperature sensor, which will also be added to the Apple Watch Rugged Edition.
It should be noted that, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the watch will not display specific temperature readings like a thermometer to avoid regulation by the FDA and other health agencies.
The Apple Watch SE will be updated with a new, faster chip, but it will retain the same design as the current SE model. All new models are expected to be announced this fall along with the iPhone 14.