The rumored high-end Apple Watch model for extreme sports could cost around $999 — the same starting price as the current iPhone 13 Pro — according to BloombergMark Gurman.

Samsung Watch Pro 5, the possible rival of 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 version of the 45mm titanium Apple Watch, which starts at $849.

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

Gurman compares the Apple Watch model to the Garmin model with what he believes will be its biggest rival, the already leaked Samsung Watch Pro 5, which is expected to be announced next month. Samsung’s “Pro” version will have a slightly larger screen and battery than the standard models, as well as a titanium case and a sturdier design. However, the more expensive version, the 44mm model with LTE, is expected to be about half the price of the rumored Apple 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 casing 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 other higher-priced products.

The screen will be almost two inches diagonally, which is larger than the 1.9-inch diagonal screen size 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 to accommodate longer workout times.

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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