Apple is reportedly considering rugged smartwatches coming this year

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Apple internally discusses the release of a rugged version of its Apple Watch designed for use in “extreme environments,” said a new report Bloomberg The company is said to have been considering a release as early as later this year or 2022. When released, the watch could offer the same core functionality as the regular Apple Watch, but with a more rugged construction, such as a rubberized exterior. The report also notes that Apple is planning new swim-tracking features for its watches.

While the company’s existing watches are already popular for exercise tracking and are water resistant up to 50 meters, without additional protection they are not considered durable enough for extreme sports such as water skiing. Because of this, other smartwatch companies like Suunto and Garmin have gained a foothold with more specialized devices.

According to BloombergApple has considered releasing a more robust version of its Apple Watch at least once before, following the release of the original model in 2015. But the plans never became a consumer device, and the current plans are likely to come true. canceled or delayed. When released, the new rugged model would be offered alongside the traditional Apple Watch models, similar to the inexpensive Apple Watch SE the company released last year.

Apple tends to release new smartwatches in the second half of the year. In addition to the Apple Watch SE, the company released the Apple Watch Series 6 last year. However, the improvements were so iterative that we didn’t feel it was worth upgrading for someone who already owns a Series 4 or Series 5 watch. A robust version, meanwhile, could provide a much more substantial reason to upgrade.