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Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has today thrown his weight behind rumors that Apple is planning to launch three new Apple Watch models in 2022.

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In a note to investors seen by MacRumors, Kuo said that the 2022 Apple Watch lineup will include the Apple Watch Series 8, the second-generation Apple Watch SE, and a new "extreme sports" version:
The new Apple Watch in 2H22 includes Apple Watch 8, the new Apple Watch SE, and the extreme sports version. Luxshare-ICT is the NPI supplier for Apple Watch 8 and the extreme sports versions.

Last week, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman similarly said that Apple is planning to launch the Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE model, and a "rugged" model for sports. While Gurman has repeatedly discussed Apple's work on an Apple Watch "with a rugged casing" aimed at athletes, hikers, and other use cases involving extreme conditions, Kuo's latest note is the first acknowledgement of the "rugged" Apple Watch model outside Bloomberg, potentially adding credibility to the rumor.

Little is known about the next-generation Apple Watch SE, but the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature new health monitoring capabilities, such as blood glucose monitoring. All three Apple Watch models will launch in the second half of 2022, according to Kuo.

Kuo's note also revealed information about the next two iPhone SE models, the second-generation AirPods Pro, and the first two generations of Apple's mixed reality headset.

Article Link: Rumored Apple Watch Lineup for 2022 to Include Three New Models
 
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Bug-Creator

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There is the offchance that the "rugged" is rugged enough that I could use it at work without a protective case (0 chance with an current model) but I doubt it....

So it's gonna be an SE3 sometimes around 2025.....
 

t0rqx

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Curious if the Apple Watch 8 is worthy for an upgrade for 6 owners. I am afraid it is not. 7 was basically a 6 in disguise. Maybe rugged version with a larger battery?
 
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cdarlington1

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I don’t think we’re ever going to get anything that much better in terms of battery. It’ll be incremental a few hours here a few hours there. The easiest way to deal with this, which is what I do, is to keep a charger at home, a charger in the car and a charger at work. I’ll take the watch off and charge mostly when I’m in the car and I never run out of power on the watch. I wear a 24 / 7.
 

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I would be very interested in a rugged version. I have a Garmin Instinct, which takes some abuse at times when I'm hiking. Something built like that would be appealing, for sure.
 

t0rqx

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I don’t think we’re ever going to get anything that much better in terms of battery. It’ll be incremental a few hours here a few hours there. The easiest way to deal with this, which is what I do, is to keep a charger at home, a charger in the car and a charger at work. I’ll take the watch off and charge mostly when I’m in the car and I never run out of power on the watch. I wear a 24 / 7.
its how they make billion dollar revenue :)
 
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mozumder

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Could use a much larger display while running.

Also, we need Apple to allow foot-pod bluetooth interface to their watches for better running data.
 

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Curious if the Apple Watch 8 is worthy for an upgrade for 6 owners. I am afraid it is not. 7 was basically a 6 in disguise. Maybe rugged version with a larger battery?

Depends if new health features happen and if we get a bigger battery. Guess the rugged one will be ideal for those who work in construction etc
 

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I don’t think we’re ever going to get anything that much better in terms of battery. It’ll be incremental a few hours here a few hours there. The easiest way to deal with this, which is what I do, is to keep a charger at home, a charger in the car and a charger at work. I’ll take the watch off and charge mostly when I’m in the car and I never run out of power on the watch. I wear a 24 / 7.
I've found that charging once a day is enough. I usually find that it takes a little over an hour for my watch to charge to full. I can see the advantage of charging it while you are in the car, but I'm having a hard time understanding why a third charger at work would be needed. If your commute is 30 minutes each way, that would be an hour charging time while driving to and from work. That, and if needed, charging it while showering and getting ready in the morning, would be enough to keep my watch charged all day. But maybe your commute is shorter?

As for a rugged watch, didn't we hear this rumor before? So far, it hasn't happened.
 

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Looking forward to a ruggedized Series 8 with updated heath features (non-invasive blood glucose monitoring); would absolutely LOVE it if Apple could offer stand-alone cell service on the Apple Watch, no iPhone needed on the cellular account...!
 

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Also, we need Apple to allow foot-pod bluetooth interface to their watches for better running data.
I used to think that too, but I get a pretty robust data set from just having my Garmin Instinct on my wrist. I haven't used a pod in awhile, so it's possible the data set transmitted from one is even more granular.
 

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For me and the many people that suffer with Diabetes the blood glucose monitoring will be the reason to pay whatever Apple ask for that watch. I spend $2.400 a year on glucose monitoring sensors and they fall off occasionally and are sometimes painful on application. I'm aware that the readings probably won't be as accurate as a drop of blood but neither is the glucose monitor that I use now. It's a matter of adjusting your managment for the variance in the readings. My glocose monitors test between 10%-15% higher than drawing blood.
 
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