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Apple reportedly planning to release ‘extreme sports’ Apple Watch with larger screen and metal case – TechCrunch


Apple plans to release an “extreme sports” version of the Apple Watch this year, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The Apple Watch for extreme sports is expected to have the company’s largest smartwatch screen yet, along with a bigger battery and a sturdy metal casing.

The screen will measure nearly two inches across, Gurman says. The extreme sports model will have around 7% more screen real estate than the current larger Apple Watch. The screen will also have a resolution of approximately 410 pixels by 502 pixels. Gurman speculates that the larger screen could be used to display more fitness metrics or watch face information.

Additionally, Gurman says the extreme sports watch will use stronger metal than aluminum and have a more shatter-resistant screen. The watch should also have a larger battery in order to allow for longer training times. Gurman also says the watch should have improved tracking metrics, such as the ability to detect altitude while hiking. As with the Apple Watch 8, the extreme sports model should have the ability to detect fevers by taking the wearer’s body temperature.

The extreme sports model would be announced later this year, alongside two other models, the Apple Watch Series 8 and an updated version of the lower-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 retain 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.

All new Apple Watches will use an S8 processor with similar performance to the S7 chip in the Apple Watch Series 7, Gurman says. Apple usually announces its new watch models in September alongside its new iPhone launches.

Gurman reported last year that Apple was considering releasing an Apple Watch with a rugged case aimed at athletes to compete with products from Garmin and others.

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