Apple is making a Rugged Watch

A new Apple Watch might arrive later this year, and not just the Apple Watch 7. Apple is reportedly working on a rugged version of its flagship smartwatch, taking aim at Garmin’s demographic of outdoor sport enthusiasts.

Gurman’s sources say Apple could debut a new rubberized exterior that’s more protective than the familiar aluminum, titanium and stainless steel case offerings.

Although the Apple Watch is already a capable outdoor companion, offering GPS, emergency services and all kinds of activity tracking, it’s usually not the preferred choice for serious hikers, bikers and rock climbers. Instead, most of the best sport watches boast military-level durability ratings, including better water, temperature and scratch resistance.

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