Report: Rugged Apple Watch to Bring Larger Screen and Battery This Fall

Apple is reportedly planning to release a rugged version of its Apple Watch later this year. According to Bloomberg, this new Apple Watch model will target extreme sports athletes and come with a bigger screen with a rugged metal casing, as well as a larger battery.

This new rugged Apple Watch is expected to be released alongside the Apple Watch Series 8 and an updated Apple Watch SE model later this fall. The screen on the new rugged model is expected to be 7% bigger than the largest current Apple Watch, and Apple could use the additional screen estate to display more fitness metrics while users are exercising. Watch faces could also be tweaked for the larger screen as well.

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“The extreme sports watch will use a strong metal material rather than aluminum, have a more shatter-resistant screen and include a larger battery compared with standard Apple Watches — letting athletes track workouts for longer periods of time, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the watch details haven’t been announced,” Bloomberg reported.

According to the report, the three upcoming Apple Watch models will use the same S8 processor, which should deliver a similar level of performance as Apple’s previous S7 and S6 chips. However, it will be interesting to see if the larger battery in the rugged Apple Watch could make it last more than a day on a single charge (Apple promises up to 18 hours of battery on current Watch models).

The Apple Watch was the company’s last big product launch back in 2015, and we’ve seen the company iterate with new models every year since then. The same goes with the watchOS operating system, and the upcoming watchOS 9 will bring new watch faces, a new Medications app, sleep stage tracking, as well as other new features.

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  • derekaw

    07 July, 2022 - 12:54 pm

    <p>I’d love a rugged version of Apple Watch because I always buy a rugged looking plastic case and band. </p>

  • ebraiter

    07 July, 2022 - 4:07 pm

    <p>Soon you will need a backpack to haul your Apple watch. :-)</p>

  • crewmax

    07 July, 2022 - 11:38 pm

    <p>Over price cheap materials. I sell apple at work. It makes me feel great seeing people waist their money. I have Huawei mate 40 pro cell phones and a Huawei GT2 pro watch. I purchased on Amazon. My watchhas a sapphire glass scratch or crack proof. The case is made of titanium it was $200. The battery lasts 14 DAYS. I charge my cell phone every 2 DAYS. Apple google and Microsoft fear Huawei. Huawei is not done yet. Download application with Huawei app store or apk pure if you want to add google applications to our Huawei cell phone. I recommend you never use google or apple or Microsoft. Use start as your web browser and it will prompt you to add the widget to your home screen.</p>

  • ronv42

    Premium Member
    08 July, 2022 - 6:39 am

    <p>I’ll stick with my Garmin watch, I get almost a week out of it with a charge, and it has survived many the cycling and other outdoor activities without damage. </p>

    • MTrimmer

      Premium Member
      08 July, 2022 - 8:31 am

      <p>Exactly. My old Garmin I get at least 5 days. Newer models can last more than a week. And they offer more features and better GPS accuracy than Apple.</p>

    • Stabitha.Christie

      08 July, 2022 - 11:26 am

      <p>I am the opposite. I was thrilled when Apple announced the customized workouts coming in the next version of Watch OS. That was the last thing keeping me with Garmin. I can’t wait ditch my Forerunner. Garmin products have so declined in quality that they are largely unusable. </p>

  • MTrimmer

    Premium Member
    08 July, 2022 - 11:43 am

    <p>My experience with Vivoactive 4 has been opposite. Has exactly what I need whether I’m running, cycling, rowing or any other activity. Connects to all my sensors on my bike to monitor cadence, power, speed, whether I’m outside or on a trainer. And after nearly 2 years, the battery is still solid and still looks like brand new. </p>

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