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Apple Watch 8 could rival Garmin and G-Shock with this new leak

It looks like Apple is gearing up to take on rugged sports watches like Garmin and Casio G-Shock with the upcoming Watch Series 8.

We already know the Watch Series 8 will run the new Apple watchOS9 software when it arrives later this year, and this operating system includes a range of new sports and fitness features, including a new multisport option for triathletes.

Add this to a new waterproofing technology Apple patented earlier this year, and it looks like a tougher and potentially tougher Apple Watch is on the cards. Filed in September 2020, the patent is titled “autonomous water sensing” and describes a technology where two electrodes are separated by a dielectric membrane, forming a system that detects the entry of water.

The stream apple watch already meets the IOS 22810:2010 standard, which means it can survive a depth of 50 meters. But given the new features of watchOS9, and the waterproofing patent, we are beginning to wonder if the Apple Watch 8 will be able to go much further.

We’d also like to see a sturdier look overall, at least for a Watch Series 8 model. Like how Apple has the Nike and Hermès special editions of the Watch, we think customers would like another sturdier option designed to ignore extreme sports, the great outdoors and more than just swimming in the pool.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record when it comes to Apple rumors, said in late 2021, via 9to5Mac, how Apple is expected to announce three Watch Series models. These will include a successor to the Series 7, as well as a new version of the Watch SE at a reduced price, and a rugged smartwatch with an all-new design. This watch is expected to rival the G-Shock lineup from Garmin, Polar and Casio in the rugged and sporty watch market, where Apple (and other tech companies like Samsung) haven’t yet ventured.

Bloomberg, another reliable source of Apple gossip, reported in April this year that a so-called Apple Watch “Explorer Edition” is in the works. The report claims that this watch will offer “additional shock resistance and protection in the vein of Casio’s G-Shock watches.”

Add it all together and 2022 could be a big year for the Apple Watch, as the company looks to strengthen its grip on the smartwatch market it already dominates, but also to diversify into the sports watch category too.