The high-end extreme sports Apple Watch model is rumored to cost around $999 — the same starting price as the current iPhone 13 Pro — according to BloombergThis is Mark German.

Samsung Watch Pro 5, the likely competitor to the ‘Apple Watch Pro’ (Image: 91Mobiles)

Writing in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman compares the rumored premium watch to the current 45mm titanium edition of the Apple Watch, which starts at $849.

Given that the new high-end Apple Watch will feature a slightly larger display, new sensors and higher-end materials, I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts closer to $900 to $999, the starting price of iPhone 13 Pro. We’re just a few months away from finding out exactly where Apple lands.

Gurman compared the Garmin-style Apple Watch model to what he believes will be its biggest competitor, the already leaked Samsung Watch Pro 5, which is expected to be announced next month. Samsung’s “Pro” version will have a slightly larger display and battery than the standard models, as well as a titanium body and a sturdier design. However, it is expected to be the most expensive version, the 44mm model with LTE about half the price from Apple’s Hearing Watch.

Aimed at athletes, hikers, and others who experience more extreme conditions during exercise, the new Apple Watch tier will feature LTE, a larger screen, and a metal body that’s better able to withstand abuse. Gurman offers several possible names for the new device – Apple Watch Extreme, Apple Watch Max, Apple Watch Explorer Edition – but the journalist speculates that the model will adopt the “Pro” moniker in line with its other higher-priced products.

The display will measure almost two inches diagonally, which is larger than the 1.9-inch screen diagonal of the current Apple Watch Series 7 and the planned Apple Watch Series 8. It is also expected to include a more shatter-resistant screen and have a larger battery for longer workout time.

The sports-focused version of the Apple Watch‌ will be sold alongside the standard Apple Watch Series 8‌, slated for later this year, and the Apple Watch SE, which is also expected to be refreshed in 2022.

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