The Apple Watch 7, Apple’s next-generation smartwatch, may be more aquatic than previous iterations. The company reportedly refreshes its portable swim tracking features before its expected launch later this year.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “Apple is working on new swim tracking features for the Apple Watch.” However, Gurman gave no details on how the new features would improve Apple Watch Series 6’s current swim tracking features.
In fact, this information is more or less a footnote in the report that reveals rumors of a rugged Apple Watch 7. Last month, people familiar with the Bloomberg project said that a discovery-friendly Apple smartwatch is coming for Garmin̵
This version alone can support the advanced swim tracking features. While the current Apple Watch is rated at 5 ATM (swim safe at 50 meters / 164 feet), there are more waterproof wearables out there. For example, the recently released Amazfit T-Rex Pro and Garmin Enduro both have 10 ATMs.
In addition to better water resistance, most of the best sports watches also have durability assessments at the military level for temperature and scratch resistance.
Of course, the swim tracking features can arrive independently of this so-called rugged Apple Watch. Instead, the next watchOS software update or an additional sensor in the flagship Apple Watch 7 could improve swim tracking.
The swim tracking upgrades may not come at all. Gurman is usually a reliable source for Apple rumors, but information about the company’s upcoming smartwatch has been scarce. There is no guarantee that the little information we have heard is accurate.
We may start to see more credible leaks as we get closer to the Apple Watch 7 release date. The best Apple Watch yet is probably coming towards the end of summer or early fall.