According to a recent report, Apple might be looking to launch an Apple Watch model with a strong exterior designed for keeping extreme sports activities and environments. This is not the first time that the Cupertino tech giant has thought of releasing a rugged smartwatch. Back in 2015, with the launch of the original Apple Watch, the tech giant hoped to release an Apple Watch model made entirely for athletes. But that did not come to fruition.
Apple might launch an Apple Watch model for extreme sports athletes
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is highly considering launching an Apple Watch with a “rugged casing” made exclusively for athletes like hikers, mountaineers, and other extreme sports in which the device can be used. The tech giant has discussed the possibility of releasing the watch internally and is aiming to introduce the Apple Watch variant by the end of 2021 or by the start of 2022.
If Apple goes ahead this time, the rugged version would be an additional model similar to how Apple offers a lower-cost option called the Apple Watch SE and special editions co-branded with Nike Inc. and Hermes International. Sometimes dubbed the “Explorer Edition” inside Apple, the product would have the same functionality as a standard Apple Watch but with extra impact-resistance and protection in the vein of Casio’s G-Shock watches.
The current Apple Watch features water resistance up to 50 meters, however, Gurman hints that the tech giant can make a new device more “rugged” by adding a rubberized casing. This would allow the device to be more resistant to damage in extreme conditions compared to the current lineup of aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium cases.
Having said that Gurman mentions that his sources are not certain if this smartwatch model will clear the development stage and go into mass production and there are chances that it might be delayed or shelved. Traditionally, Apple launches a new Apple Watch model in September, but the details of the next-generation smartwatch are very few. However, it is reported that Apple could add a blood sugar app that would allow users to instantly check their blood sugar levels.
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