Apple Watch 'Extreme Sports' edition to launch with a robust design, larger display and more substantial battery life
Rumours continue to circle that Apple has more smartwatches planned this year than the Watch Series 8. Not only is Apple alleged to have developed a Watch SE successor, but there could also be an entirely new model targeted at 'extreme sports athletes'. Referred to as the Apple Watch Extreme or Extreme Sports edition, Mark Gurman has now provided several details about how this smartwatch could differ from the regular Watch Series 8.
Supposedly, it will be the Extreme Sports version that will feature the rumoured 1.99-inch display, covered separately earlier this week. Referred to by Gurman as 'almost 2-inches diagonally', the display should be approximately 7% larger than the 1.9-inch one in the larger Watch Series 7. Gurman adds that the larger display will operate at 410 x 502 pixels too in order for it to match the 'same overall sharpness as the existing models'.
By contrast, the Watch Series 8 is said to maintain the screen sizes of the current Series 7. On the other hand, Gurman expects the new Watch SE to receive a larger display as well. A larger display is not the only change headed to the Extreme Sports edition, either. Reputedly, Apple will manufacture the smartwatch with a harder alloy than aluminium, plus glass with improved shatter resistance.
Unsurprisingly, a larger smartwatch will also feature a higher battery capacity. While Gurman has not announced what this capacity will be, he remarks that it should let 'athletes track workouts for longer periods of time' than the standard Apple Watch. Separately, Gurman asserts that all autumn-bound Apple Watch releases will rely on the Apple S8 chipset, another revision of the Apple S6 that debuted two years ago.