Apple will launch in 2022 a “rugged” version of its Apple Watch, aimed at athletes. 

A tipter at Apple claims that the ruggedized watch could be tougher and less susceptible to scratches than rivals Garmin and Coros watches. 

Apple could also reveal an updated version of the Apple Watch SE, the lower-cost model that was first revealed in autumn 2020.

The models will be available in the same market as Apple Watch Series 8, Apple’s most popular wearable. 

Apple will launch three smartwatches in 2022, according to a respected Apple tipster. Pictured is the Apple Watch Series 7 in various colours, released this year

According to an Apple tipter, Apple will release three smartwatches by 2022. Pictured is the Apple Watch Series 7 in various colours, released this year


–  Rugged Apple Watch

– Apple Watch SE 2

Apple Watch Series 8 

Source:  Mark Gurman/Bloomberg 

Apple tipter Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has provided details about the rumored release. He wrote this in his latest Power On newsletter. MailOnline reached Apple to get comment.

Three of the Apple smartwatches from the 2022 series will most likely be launched in the fall, when is the expected announcement for the iPhone 14. 

Gurman stated that the “Rugged Apple Watch” would be an extreme-sports version.  

‘2021 was a modest year for Apple product updates, but I’d expect a wider-range of new products in 2022,’ he said. 

Apple releases a new Apple Watch flagship every year starting in 2015. This year’s Apple Watch Series 7, supposedly its most durable to date, was released in autumn with up to 33 per cent faster charging and a bigger display, with prices starting from £369. 

There is not yet much information available about Apple Watch Series 8. It will be out next autumn, as we expect, with the other two models.  

Apple only recently released its Series 7 smartwatch but rumours are already circulating about its next generation of wearables

Apple’s Series 7 smartwatch was released just recently, but there are rumours about the next generation of wearables. 


Apple has filed a patent indicating that it is developing an iPhone with a glass-enclosed display. 

Patented as “a single piece of glass”, the invention shows a device that has displays on both its front- and back as well as touch buttons at its edges. 

An iPhone’s back could be fitted with a 360-degree display glass, which would potentially double its size without affecting the size or shape of the device. 

Read more: Apple is working on an all-glass smartphone, patent suggests 

Apple Watch Series 8 might have a flat-edged design. It will also likely include a temperature sensor. 

As for the updated version of the Apple Watch SE, Gurman revealed fewer details in his newsletter. 

SE is the name for Apple’s lower-price products – not just for smartwatches but iPhones too. Apple launched the iPhone SE 2 in 2020, four years later than its predecessor.

The £249 Apple Watch SE, released in September 2020, is a lower-price option for wearers, but it lacks features including an always-on display, a blood oxygen sensor and an electrocardiogram (ECG). 

Gurman didn’t mention what upgrades will be included in the 2022 version – possibly called Apple Watch SE 2 – or whether it would be more expensive than the original.  

Apple’s tipster has been described as respected and is able to accurately reveal the products of tech giants. 

Apple Track, which monitors Apple Rumours and the Sources that They Are Published, gives him an accuracy rating currently at 87 percent.

It’s not the first time rumours of a rugged Apple Watch have surfaced from Gurman, however – in March, he reported the ‘Explorer Edition’ would have a more durable rubber frame and extra impact-resistance to hold up in ‘extreme environments. 

In March, Gurman said Apple would release rumored 'Explorer Edition' later this year or early 2022. Pictured: An Apple Watch Series 6 (released in 2020)

Gurman stated in March that Apple will release the rumored Explorer Edition later this year, or as early as 2022. Photo: Apple Watch Series 6 (released 2020).

He said it would launch later this year or early 2022, but it appears his estimations for a release date have now been pushed back.  

Apple considered a more rugged version of its Apple Watch when it first launched the wearable to much fanfare in 2015, but never released this product to consumers. 

Apple may also unveil at least five additional Mac devices in 2022. This includes an updated iPad line and AirPods.

Gurman believes that Apple’s long-awaited AR headset will be released in the coming year. 

This corroborates predictions from another respected leaker, Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the AR headset will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2022. 


A leaker from Hong Kong claims that Apple might launch its next-generation augmented reality headset in the coming year. 

The headset will be released in the fourth quarter of 2022 and contain two processors, one ‘with the same computing power level as the Mac’, said Ming-Chi Kuo in a research note as viewed by MacRumors. 

This processor will be ‘similar’ to M1, Apple’s own in-house-designed computer chip, currently used in its Macintosh computers and iPad Pro tablets 

The second lower-end processor will handle the “sensor-related aspects” of the headset. The sensor will have a computing power that is’significantly greater’ than the iPhone. 

Kuo said that the headset would be capable of supporting virtual reality (VR) and AR. This is thanks to a pair 4K Micro OLED display from Sony.

AR layers computer-generated images on top of an existing reality – Pokémon Go being a famous example – while VR is wholly virtual. 

Kuo, a Hong Kong-based analyst at TF International Securities is well known for obtaining details on Apple’s plans via his Asian supply chain contacts.

However, Kuo predicted in June that the will launch in spring 2022, so it seems the timeframe has been pushed back – and could be pushed back again. 

In October 2021, Kuo said Apple’s upcoming headset will also be wireless and use Wi-Fi 6E, the newest version of Wi-Fi, allowing it faster speeds and a higher number of connections.

Although the Apple headset might still be required to communicate with an iPhone or Mac, it is possible that the future version of the device will not.   

According to another recent report from Digitimes, citing supply chain sources, the product will cost as much $2,000 (£1,500). 

This report claimed that the upcoming headset will not target consumers but rather developers and business customers.

Apple Glass, an AR product made for consumers, will not be available until 2023. This AR product would look more like conventional glasses. 

A 2019 report from  The Information collaborates the suggestion that Apple is working on two AR/VR products.  

Apple Glass will display a digital display of the lenses that complements surrounding environment, like arrows. This would help customers find their destinations in cities.   

Apple Glasses could be made to look like regular glasses, rather than a chunky headset. This would make them more attractive for the consumer market.