Apple rumored to launch all-new rugged Apple Watch this year
Since early last year, rumors have suggested that Apple is considering an all-new rugged Apple Watch, tentatively named the “Explorer Edition,” that would feature a more durable casing to appeal to customers such as athletes, hikers and others who would use the device in extreme sporting environments, or places where a regular Apple Watch could get damaged easily.
The idea behind the all-new rugged Apple Watch would be durability, with Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman claiming last year that the wearable would add extra impact-resistance and protection to appeal to users who want to wear an Apple Watch but fear to do so because of the environments they would wear it in, such as rock climbing, where it is important the device would be robust and durable enough to withstand daily use, similar to Casio’s G-Shock watches.
Alongside the launch of the next-generation “Apple Watch Series 8” and a rumored new “Apple Watch SE 2” later this year, Gurman has suggested we may see Apple unveil its new “Explorer Edition” Apple Watch in fall, although details on how the Apple Watch will be made more durable are unknown.
One possibility is that Apple makes the all-new rugged Apple Watch rubberized, making it less susceptible to damage current selection of aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel cases, potentially upping the water and resistance to make the wearable more suitable for extreme sporting environments or places such as construction sites, where the device would need to withstand heavy daily usage.
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