We’ve been hearing rumors for a while about the Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition, a new top-tier spin-off of the upcoming Apple Watch 8 that’s supposedly built for outdoor and endurance activities (hence the name).
Now a reliable leaker has provided some juicy details about the upcoming smartwatch that have us excited.
This leaker is Mark Gurman, a name probably known to tech fans for his track record of Apple product leaks, featured in his weekly Power On newsletter. (opens in new tab)shared a lot of information about Apple’s latest Watch shakeup.
Apparently this Garmin-competitive wearable will tout some intriguing features, primarily hiking and swimming, which should appeal to those who enjoy long-distance hikes or brave the white water.
The design is also said to be a big selling point with a shatterproof screen and premium metal shell (probably titanium, according to Gurman), plus battery life would also benefit from a boost – presumably over the Watch 7, although it isn’t. clear.
Intriguingly, Gurman thinks the Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition (or Watch Extreme, Max, Explorer, or Pro – there are many names spread by leakers and Gurman cites them all) will only come in a mobile version, giving the more affordable Only Bluetooth connection version that comes standard Apple Watches.
Gurman also mentions something he, and other leakers, have mentioned countless times now: this Rugged wearable will also come alongside a standard Watch 8 and the Apple Watch SE 2, although they certainly sound like less interesting models.
Analysis: A much-needed shake-up of Apple Watch
Even compared to other Apple products, the Watch series is one that takes the idea of ”iterative updates” to heart. Each new member of the family brings just a few tweaks and changes to the previous one, and we rarely see massive overhauls.
That sounds like this year will be different, as the Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition could be the biggest shake-up we’ve seen the family since the first device launched in 2015.
If the tone of this article wasn’t clear enough, it’s certainly a good thing: cheap smartwatches have quickly overtaken Apple’s, offering similar features (both fitness and smartphone connectivity) at a fraction of the price. The new Extreme model could give Apple a competitive edge and make Apple Watches interesting again for the non-Apple fan.
One problem could be Gurman’s price estimate, which is $900-$999. that is a lot for a smartwatch – more than most people would choose to pay.
So we’ll have to wait until the Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition launch, probably in September, to see how good it is, but if the feature leaks are right (but the price isn’t), it could be destined for a high spot. in our list of the best Apple Watches.