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(Pocket-lint) – Apple is expected to announce its next smartwatch later this year in the form of the Apple Watch Series 8, but a number of reports indicate that the company is also working on a new Watch SE, as well as a model extreme sports.

It’s not yet clear what the extreme sport version of the Apple Watch might be called, but the name Apple Watch Pro has been mooted, along with Apple Watch Explorer Edition and a few others.

For now, we’ll go with the Apple Watch Pro as part of this feature. So here’s everything we know so far about the rugged, or Explorer, Apple Watch.

What will the rugged Apple Watch be called?

  • Suggested Apple Watch Pro
  • Sport, Explorer, Max all possible

There’s currently no official confirmation of a rugged Apple Watch launching, let alone a name confirmation, but we can still speculate.

The Apple Watch Pro was suggested by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, which we think is a pretty solid suggestion. The Apple Watch is essentially the only Apple product that has yet to get the “Pro” treatment, with the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AirPods all offering a Pro model.

The Apple Watch Explorer Edition has also been suggested in the past, but there’s also potential for the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Max, Apple Watch Active and Apple Watch Extreme. Naturally, there’s a chance she could be called something completely different too. We think the strongest arguments are for the Apple Watch Pro, so that’s what we’re sticking with.

Release date and price

  • September 2022?
  • From £900?

The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to appear alongside the Apple iPhone 14 models at some point in September as usual, although that has yet to be confirmed and won’t be for a while. some time, we suspect.

The date is rumored to be September 13, as that matches previous models, and the rugged Apple Watch is suggested to appear alongside the Series 8 model and a new Watch SE model.

In terms of price, the rugged model of the Apple Watch is expected to be more expensive than the standard Watch Series 8. With that model likely to start at £369/$399, we’d expect the Pro model to cost more than the stainless steel Series 8 models, which will likely start around £599/$699, like the Series 7. They could of course be more expensive, and the price of the Pro model would then be higher.

The iPhone Pro starts at $300 more than the standard model, which could see a Pro model of the Apple Watch break the £900/$999 mark. But these are just guesses for now.


Design and display

  • Stronger case
  • Bigger screen

The rugged model of the Apple Watch would have a metal shell that is stronger than aluminum and could have a sturdy casing. It is not yet known what metal it is, but titanium could be an option.

It is also claimed that the Apple Watch Pro will offer a larger display than the Apple Watch Series 8, with either a 1.99 or 2 inch display and a resolution of 410 x 502 pixels. Rumors suggest it will also be more shock resistant than current models.

Otherwise, details are scarce on what we can expect in terms of the Apple Watch Pro’s design. We expect it to look similar to the standard Series 8, with the digital crown and side button to the right of the rectangular case, and also expect a decent IP rating to support sports more extreme.


  • Body temperature sensor?
  • Advanced swim and hike tracking
  • Sports Tracking

The more rugged Apple Watch is rumored to come with the same features as the Apple Watch Series 8, which would include a body temperature sensor, and the Pro model will also come with a more advanced swim tracking system and of hiking.

There are a few additional features coming with watchOS 9 that will come naturally to the Apple Watch Pro too, including more advanced sleep tracking.

You’ll also likely find everything the Apple Watch Series 7 offers, like heart rate tracking, SpO2 tracking, a host of sports tracking, and of course smartphone notifications.

Specifications and hardware

  • Same chip as Series 7
  • Larger battery

The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to run on the same chip as the Watch Series 7 and Watch Series 6. The rugged model might get a new chip, but so far the rumors haven’t given any details. on this subject.

The battery of the rugged model of the Apple Watch would be larger, which one would expect, especially if it is intended for extreme sports.

Otherwise, we expect to find the same sensors as on the Watch Series 7, with potentially a body temperature sensor, as some reports have claimed.

Apple Watch Pro rumours: What’s happened so far?

Here’s everything we’ve heard about the rugged Apple Watch so far.

July 11, 2022: Will Apple’s extreme sports smartwatch be called Apple Watch Pro?

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the rugged Apple Watch could be called Appel Watch Pro and it would be differentiated by a larger, more shock-resistant screen, a sturdier non-aluminum body, and a more great autonomy. It also says it will come with improved swim and hike tracking.

July 7, 2022: The rugged Apple Watch Series 8 model will feature a larger screen, stronger battery, and stronger metal casing.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported on some more details about the rugged Apple Watch, saying it would have a bigger screen, tougher case, and bigger battery.

June 28, 2022: Apple Watch Series 8 will be joined by new rugged and SE models

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to come with a new SE model and a Rugged Edition aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts.

March 26, 2021: Apple plans to launch in 2021 an “Explorer Edition” watch designed for extreme conditions and athletes.

A Bloomberg report says talk of a sports-focused Apple Watch has taken place – and points to a 2021 or 2022 launch.

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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