Rugged Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored To Feature Bigger Screen, New Construction

Apple’s rumored rugged Apple Watch will gain a new screen size and different construction compared to other Apple Watches, according to a new report.

Writing for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman says that the new watch will make use of a new 2-inch diagonal display, making it larger than anything Apple has put in an Apple Watch to date.

However, the standard Apple Watch Series won’t get that, keeping the existing 1.9-inch display for the 45mm model. It isn’t clear what case size the new rugged Apple Watch will boast, however.

While the display will be larger than other Apple Watches, Gurman believes that the resolution of that part will enable for the “same overall sharpness” of other models.

The larger display on the extreme sports model, which is planned to be announced later this year with the other two models, will have about 7% more screen area than the largest current Apple Watch. The display will have a resolution of about 410 pixels by 502 pixels and retain the same overall sharpness as the existing models.

The same report claims that Apple will give the rugged model a new metal construction that will be more durable than the current aluminum option, while a larger battery and more shatter-resistant display will also be used. Both additions make sense considering the watch is expected to be used by people who are unlikely to be near a charger and could damage other Apple Watches easily.

Just like the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8, the new addition to the lineup is expected to be capable of measuring body temperature while also featuring a new S8 chip that will also be used in the new Apple Watch SE refresh. All of the new models are expected to be announced in or around September alongside the iPhone 14 lineup.

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