According to Bloomberg, Apple has discussed releasing this model in 2021 or 2022 at the earliest. Sources say this isn't the first time the company has mulled a rugged smartwatch. After launching the first Apple Watch in 2015, Apple also weighed launching a model for extreme sports athletes.
If Apple goes ahead this time, the rugged version would be an additional model similar to how Apple offers a lower-cost option called the Apple Watch SE and special editions co-branded with Nike Inc. and Hermes International. Sometimes dubbed the “Explorer Edition” inside Apple, the product would have the same functionality as a standard Apple Watch but with extra impact-resistance and protection in the vein of Casio’s G-Shock watches.
Bloomberg suggests that the Apple Watch could be made tougher with a rubberized exterior. The site also reports that new swim tracking features are being developed for the smartwatch. It's possible this could be debuted at WWDC or alongside a new Series 7 model later this year.
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