Apple considering ruggedized Apple Watch for release as soon as 2021

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  • Reply 41 of 46
    macapfel said:
    macapfel said:
    Makes sense, as Apple Watch is heavily used for sports and outdoors. 

    Actually, its the opposite.   The Apple Watch is already well suited to sports and outdoor activities.

    So:  Please point out any weaknesses you perceive that it has in that area because I am simply not aware of any except scratching of the crystal -- which can be limited with a sapphire crystal which is already available for those who want to pay for it.
    In fact, with fall detection and LTE, I feel far safer going outdoors with my watch.  In fact, I do not feel safe without it.   So, even if it were too delicate for outdoor use (which it isn't), those benefits would likely take precedence over any perceived weakness.
    There is a difference between weaknesses and improvements. I can imagine a rugged/bulkier one putting on my battery maybe plastic to be more lightweight and my scratcher assistance.
    Not to mention, it would be a much better Watch for children. 
  • Reply 42 of 46
    jumejume Posts: 209member
    It would be cool if they do. Current Apple Watch is pretty useless in mountain environment...
  • Reply 43 of 46
    jumejume Posts: 209member
    macapfel said:
    Makes sense, as Apple Watch is heavily used for sports and outdoors. 

    Actually, its the opposite.   The Apple Watch is already well suited to sports and outdoor activities.

    So:  Please point out any weaknesses you perceive that it has in that area because I am simply not aware of any except scratching of the crystal -- which can be limited with a sapphire crystal which is already available for those who want to pay for it.
    In fact, with fall detection and LTE, I feel far safer going outdoors with my watch.  In fact, I do not feel safe without it.   So, even if it were too delicate for outdoor use (which it isn't), those benefits would likely take precedence over any perceived weakness.
    It is pretty lacking essential features for mountaineers. Altimeter, barometer, are just few of them high on the list. And then the battery life really sucks. 

    Check: 
    https://coros.com/vertix.php
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/641479
    https://www.suunto.com/sl-si/suunto-collections/suunto-9/



    edited March 2021
  • Reply 44 of 46
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,268member
    jume said:
    macapfel said:
    Makes sense, as Apple Watch is heavily used for sports and outdoors. 

    Actually, its the opposite.   The Apple Watch is already well suited to sports and outdoor activities.

    So:  Please point out any weaknesses you perceive that it has in that area because I am simply not aware of any except scratching of the crystal -- which can be limited with a sapphire crystal which is already available for those who want to pay for it.
    In fact, with fall detection and LTE, I feel far safer going outdoors with my watch.  In fact, I do not feel safe without it.   So, even if it were too delicate for outdoor use (which it isn't), those benefits would likely take precedence over any perceived weakness.
    It is pretty lacking essential features for mountaineers. Altimeter, barometer, are just few of them high on the list. And then the battery life really sucks. 

    Check: 
    https://coros.com/vertix.php
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/641479
    https://www.suunto.com/sl-si/suunto-collections/suunto-9/



    Not sure how you use the barometer, but Apple Watch has had an altimeter built in since Series 3 and introduced the always-on altimeter in the SE and S6.
    So, please tell how many days you need to go on a battery charge.
  • Reply 45 of 46
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,421member
    mike1 said:
    jume said:
    macapfel said:
    Makes sense, as Apple Watch is heavily used for sports and outdoors. 

    Actually, its the opposite.   The Apple Watch is already well suited to sports and outdoor activities.

    So:  Please point out any weaknesses you perceive that it has in that area because I am simply not aware of any except scratching of the crystal -- which can be limited with a sapphire crystal which is already available for those who want to pay for it.
    In fact, with fall detection and LTE, I feel far safer going outdoors with my watch.  In fact, I do not feel safe without it.   So, even if it were too delicate for outdoor use (which it isn't), those benefits would likely take precedence over any perceived weakness.
    It is pretty lacking essential features for mountaineers. Altimeter, barometer, are just few of them high on the list. And then the battery life really sucks. 

    Check: 
    https://coros.com/vertix.php
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/641479
    https://www.suunto.com/sl-si/suunto-collections/suunto-9/



    Not sure how you use the barometer, but Apple Watch has had an altimeter built in since Series 3 and introduced the always-on altimeter in the SE and S6.
    So, please tell how many days you need to go on a battery charge.

    He does have a point on the battery.  Other watches don't use the fancy, color screen and can get a lot more life out of a battery charge.  If you're on an overnight camping / hiking trip that could be important.   But then, you could probably bring a battery driven charging brick with you.

    Battery life has always been the Achilles heal of the Apple Watch -- Apple simply and I think wisely chose functionality over battery life.
  • Reply 46 of 46
    uraharaurahara Posts: 733member
    macapfel said:
    Makes sense, as Apple Watch is heavily used for sports and outdoors. 

    Actually, its the opposite.   The Apple Watch is already well suited to sports and outdoor activities.

    So:  Please point out any weaknesses you perceive that it has in that area because I am simply not aware of any except scratching of the crystal -- which can be limited with a sapphire crystal which is already available for those who want to pay for it.
    In fact, with fall detection and LTE, I feel far safer going outdoors with my watch.  In fact, I do not feel safe without it.   So, even if it were too delicate for outdoor use (which it isn't), those benefits would likely take precedence over any perceived weakness.
    Some people mean that there is no LTE or mobile reception at all, when they go outdoors ;)
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