A new Extreme Sports version of the Apple Watch Series 8 is coming

For sports, hikers, and those who need a smartwatch for rough terrain, Apple will release a more tough version of the Apple Watch Series 8.

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For “extreme sports players,” Apple is creating a watch with a larger screen and more durable construction. The sports model would have a “almost 2-inch display,” which is 7 percent larger than the current 45 mm watches, according to Mark Gurman’s Bloomberg column. A bigger battery will also power the watch.

Gurman has previously reported on a tough Apple Watch, but this time around, the forecast is a little different. Gurman has suggested in past rumours that Apple would give the Watch a rubberized covering to make it more durable. He claimed that this was referred to as the “Explorer Edition” internally.

According to the Apple expert, the current design calls for a watch with a “strong metal substance rather than aluminium” and a “more shatter-resistant screen.”

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The stainless steel and titanium editions of Apple’s watch include sapphire crystal displays as opposed to the Ion-X glass found on standard, less expensive aluminium models, making them heavier in both weight and material. Those timepieces are intended for individuals who are more interested in fashion than extreme activity enthusiasts.

Gurman estimates that the extreme sports model would cost more than $699, the starting price of the present stainless-steel model, despite the fact that it might not appear to be a fancy model. Retail prices for Garmin’s robust smartwatch, the Epix 2, start at $900, while those for its Fenix 7S models begin at $700.

The Bloomberg article also stated that Apple was developing a new version of the 2020 budget-friendly Apple Watch SE. Although it has long since lost its competitive edge, Apple continues to sell the $199 Series 3 watch even though the upcoming watchOS version will not support it. Apple would have the chance to address the problematic pricing scenario at the bottom end of its portfolio by releasing a new SE.

The article added that a new processor with performance comparable to this year’s chip would be used in the rugged watch, the SE, and the forthcoming Series 8.