Be scratch and water resistant to 50 meters, the latest from Apple Watch Series 6 is already popular with swimmers, hikers and other sportsmen. However, Apple plans to create a more rugged version designed for extreme sports and weather conditions, according to BloombergIt’s Mark Gurman.
Known internally as the “Explorer Edition”, the rugged Watch would be offered as an additional model, perhaps as the Watch SE or special edition models co-branded with Nike and Hermes. It would have the same characteristics as a regular watch but could be very resistant to shocks like G-Shock by Casio range, with a rubber case instead of the current steel, aluminum and titanium shells.
A rugged watch seems like a workable and even reasonable addition to the lineup, given the immense popularity of Apple’s smartwatches. According to a recent IDC Report, Apple has 36% of the wearable product market and has generated $ 30 billion in wearable products and home accessories – its most successful segment after the iPhone.
Apple is also working on a swim tracking feature, according to the report. The new rugged model could arrive as early as September, when Apple normally rolls out its latest watch models. However, it could also be delayed or canceled altogether, because happens frequently with rumored Apple products.