Apple plans to offer an “Explorer Edition” variant of the Apple Watch with a more robust case as early as next year, according to reliable information. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.
Gurman’s report explains that Apple could launch a rugged Apple Watch model to provide a suitable option for people who need a more durable smartwatch:
Apple Inc. plans to launch an Apple Watch with a rugged casing aimed at athletes, hikers and others who use the device in more extreme environments, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Cupertino, Calif.-Based tech giant has discussed internally introducing such a watch variation later in 2021 or 2022 at the earliest, the people, who have asked not to be identified, said. to discuss private matters.
Interestingly, Gurman says this isn’t the first time Apple has considered a rugged version of its smartwatch. The company was apparently considering releasing a model that would appeal to extreme sports athletes alongside the original Apple Watch, which launched in 2015.
If Apple goes ahead this time around, the rugged version would be an additional model similar to how Apple offers a less expensive option called Apple Watch SE and special editions co-branded with Nike Inc. and Hermès International. Sometimes dubbed the “Explorer Edition” inside Apple, the product is said to have the same functionality as a standard Apple Watch, but with additional impact resistance and protection in the vein of Casio’s G-Shock watches.
The latest Apple Watch models are water resistant up to 50 meters, but Gurman suggests that Apple could make a new, more “rugged” device with a shock-resistant rubberized casing, making it less susceptible to damage in the cases. extreme environments compared to the current one. selection of aluminum, titanium and stainless steel cases.
It’s likely that an Apple Watch Explorer Edition will be able to deal with problematic substances like chemicals, dust, and sand more effectively. Such a model would likely appeal to athletes and hikers, as Gurman mentions, but also people who often find themselves in harsh environments, such as construction workers.
Apple currently offers a number of Apple Watch model variations. The Apple Watch with aluminum case is lightweight and more affordable, while the Apple Watch with polished stainless steel case is a heavier, more premium version with a more scratch-resistant sapphire crystal screen. The Apple Watch Edition is an even higher-end version of the smartwatch, featuring lightweight brushed titanium.
There’s also the Apple Watch Nike Edition, with unique, lightweight straps for exercise, and the Apple Watch Hermès features designer leather straps and exclusive classic-style watch faces. It therefore does not seem to be excluded that Apple may add another “Explorer Edition” variant to the range.
Gurman initially said the Explorer Edition could arrive as early as this year, but has since explained that it’s more likely to launch in 2022 at the earliest. He also included the caveat that his sources say it could eventually be canceled or delayed.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to launch later this year. While there have been reports of micro-LED displays and solid-state buttons with haptic feedback for the Apple Watch, those features aren’t expected to arrive this year. Instead, Gurman said we can expect a screen with thinner bezels, a faster chip, and improved Ultra Wideband connectivity.