Extreme sports Apple Watch rumored to have bigger screen, ‘solid metal’ case

Apple is working on a version of the Apple Watch aimed at “extreme sports athletes”, which will feature a larger screen and a more rugged design, according to a report by Bloombergis Mark Gurman. The report says the sporty model will feature an “almost 2-inch screen” with 7% more screen area than current 45mm watches and will be powered by a larger battery. (Note that the 45mm measurement — or about 1.77 inches — refers to the size of the watch’s case, not its screen size.)

Gurman has previously flagged a potential rugged Apple Watch, but now the prediction is slightly different. He previously said that Apple could make its watch more rugged with a rubberized exterior, which he said was sometimes referred to internally as the “Explorer Edition.” Now, he says, the plan is for a watch with a “strong metal material rather than aluminum”, as well as a “more shatter-resistant screen”.

Arguably, Apple is already making a watch with stronger metal and screen – its stainless steel and titanium models feature a “sapphire crystal display” versus the “Ion-X glass” that the found on cheaper aluminum models. These watches, however, definitely seem aimed at people more fashion-conscious than bombing a trail or rock climbing; I’ve heard from stainless edition owners that the polished finish is very easy to scratch.

While the extreme sports version may not look as luxurious as Apple’s more sophisticated watches, Gurman predicts it will be priced the same, saying it will cost upwards of $699, or the starting price of the current stainless steel model. That’s not unusual for rugged smartwatches – Garmin’s Epix 2, for example, sells for around $900, and its Fenix ​​7S models start at $700. But it and other sports watches from brands like Polar or Coros can last for days or weeks on a single charge, which current Apple Watches usually aren’t capable of. Some of Garmin’s watches also have more sophisticated GPS capabilities than Apple’s current line of wearables.

The current Apple Watch SE, pictured here, starts at $279 and features an S5 chip, but lacks an always-on display.
Photo by Dan Seifert/The Verge

Bloomberg Also reports that Apple is working on a new model of Apple Watch SE, the lower-cost device released in 2020. That’s not necessarily a surprise, but it’s good to hear. Apple’s cheapest watch, the $199 Series 3, has been seriously outdated for several years, and the company is still selling it despite the fact that the next version of watchOS won’t support it. The introduction of a new SE could give Apple a chance to fix the tricky pricing situation at the bottom of its watch lineup.

The report says the Rugged Watch, SE, and upcoming 8-Series models will all use a new processor that will have similar performance to this year’s chip. They are also supposed to have sensors to take your temperature.

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