Apple’s ‘Extreme Sports’ watch gets bigger screen and metal case: report

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We recently reported that Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is reportedly working on a new “rugged” edition of the Apple Watch aimed at “extreme sports” athletes, to be unveiled later this year.

Now we have more news about the “rugged” Apple Watch. Apparently, the upcoming Apple Watch is expected to feature the tech giant’s biggest smartwatch display yet, along with a larger battery and a rugged metal case for protection, according to the Bloomberg report by notable Apple tracker Mark Gurman, who people quoted with knowledge of the company’s plans.

The new rugged version of the Apple Watch 8 will have a screen that measures almost 2 inches diagonally, which is larger than the 1.9-inch diagonal screen size of the current Apple Watch Series 7. Also the new version of the planned low-end Apple Watch SE will keep the current screen size in the upcoming upgrade.

The extreme sports model will have about 7% more screen area than the largest current 45mm Apple Watch Series 7. Furthermore, the screen has a resolution of 410 x 502 pixels and will retain the same overall sharpness as the existing models.

According to Gurman, Apple can use the larger screen area to display additional fitness stats or information on the watch face at once.

As for the materials used, Gurman says the extreme edition of the Apple Watch will use a strong metal material instead of the aluminum chassis on current models. It will also have a shatterproof screen and a larger battery so athletes can track workouts for longer periods of time.

In addition, the rugged watch will also come with an updated power-saving mode and new health features, including a body temperature sensor that can determine if the wearer has a fever. It is expected to have improved tracking stats such as the ability to detect altitude while walking and data while swimming.

Rumors suggest that all new Apple Watches will use an S8 processor, which is tipped to offer similar performance to the S7 chip in Apple Watch Series 7.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s plans for Apple Watch. The extreme sports version of the Apple Watch is expected to be released this fall alongside two other models, the Apple Watch Series 8 and an updated version of the low-end Apple Watch SE. The rugged version is rumored to cost more than the standard stainless steel Apple Watch, which currently costs $699.

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