We Could See a Rugged Apple Watch in the Future

Man wearing Apple Watch

A report on Friday claims that Apple is considering a rugged Apple Watch for hikers and other athletes (via Bloomberg).

Rugged Apple Watch

Sources tell Mark Gurman that Apple has had internal talks about a rugged Apple Watch, and we could see such a device in 2021 or 2022. It could be a special variant of the Watch like its Nike watch and Apple Watch SE.

Sometimes dubbed the “Explorer Edition” inside Apple, the product would have the same functionality as a standard Apple Watch but with extra impact-resistance and protection in the vein of Casio’s G-Shock watches.

Although Apple Watches are water resistant up to 50 meters, Apple Watch Explorer Edition could have a rubber exterior.

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W. Abdullah Brooks, MD

Having broken three in a row, before modifying my workout routines when Apple first launched Series 0, and having recently scratched the glass on my current Series 6 (definitely need more impact mats in my workout space), I would purchase this in a heartbeat. Back in university, I was a fan of the Casio G-Shock, so would appreciate a similarly hardened, albeit infinitely more capable, device. 


I just saw a picture of the G-Shock. I don’t need a more ruggedized watch, but I’d love something that looked like the G-Shock face.