- The sports version will be the biggest Apple Watch to date.
- Its display will measure about 2-inches diagonally.
- The rugged version will have some metal casing that is stronger than aluminum.
We’ve already told you about the rugged version of the Apple Watch 8 Series that’s expected to be announced in September alongside the iPhone 14 series and the AirPods Pro. However, new reports suggest that Apple might launch an “extreme sports” version of the Apple Watch 8 this year.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch an “extreme sports” version of the Apple Watch this year,
according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The extreme sports Apple Watch is expected to have the company’s largest smartwatch display to date, along with a bigger battery and rugged metal casing.
The display will measure in at almost two inches diagonally, Gurman says. The extreme sports model will have about 7% more screen area than the largest current Apple Watch. The display will also have a resolution of about 410 pixels by 502 pixels. Gurman speculates that the larger screen could be used to display more fitness metrics or information on watch faces.
In addition, Gurman says the extreme sports watch will use a stronger metal than aluminum and have a more shatter-resistant screen. The watch is also expected to have a larger battery in order to accommodate longer workout times. Gurman also says the watch is expected to have improved tracking metrics, such as the ability to detect elevation when hiking. As with the Apple Watch 8, the extreme sports model is expected to have the ability to detect fevers by taking the wearer’s body temperature.
How big are Apple’s smartwatches?
As we explained before, each new Watch comes in two screen sizes. Apple started with 38mm and 42mm, and then Apple Watch Series 4 brought the first big-screen upgrade. Apple moved to 40mm and 44mm, keeping the design in place until last year. The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in 41mm and 45mm models.
That said, Apple still sells all these sizes. The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in 38mm and 42mm variants. Similarly, the Apple Watch SE is available in 40mm and 44mm options. Both these models are available from Apple stores and various retail partners.
The extreme sports model is reportedly going to be announced later this year, alongside two other models, the Apple Watch Series 8 and an updated version of the low-end Apple Watch SE. Gurman says the Apple Watch Series 8 will retain its 1.9-inch diagonal screen size, while the Apple Watch SE will stick with its current 1.78-inch screen size. The extreme sports version of the Apple Watch is expected to cost more than the standard stainless steel Apple Watch, which is currently priced at $699.