Apple Inc (NASDAQ: APPL) is planning the launch of an Apple Watch with a rugged casing targeted at athletes, hikers, and others in more extreme environments, Bloomberg reports. The company had internally discussed introducing such a Watch variation later in 2021 or 2022 at the earliest. Bloomberg notes this is Apple’s second attempt at a rugged smartwatch after the 2015 debut of the popular Apple Watch. Apple has added several sports and activity-tracking features via its annual update cycle. Casio Computer Co Ltd (OTC: CSIOF) (OTC: CSIOY) and other watchmakers have witnessed robust sales from sturdier product designs with extra protection. The rugged version would be similar to Apple’s cheaper Apple Watch SE and special editions co-branded with Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and Hermes International SA (OTC: HESAF) (OTC: HESAY). It would have extra impact-resistance and protection akin to Casio’s G-Shock watches. Apple is also developing new swim-tracking features for the Apple Watch. The company rolled out the cheaper Apple Watch SE and faster processor and blood oxygen sensor with the Apple Watch Series 6 last September. The device would be a part of the company’s wearables, home, and accessories segment, which generated over $30 billion in FY20 sales. Reportedly, Apple owns a 40% smartwatch market share in the fourth quarter of 2020. Price action: AAPL shares traded lower by 0.24% at $120.30 in the premarket session on the last check Friday. See more from BenzingaClick here for options trades from BenzingaAutomotive Part Maker Vitesco Eyes Apple Car For Its EV Foray: BloombergGoogle’s Chrome Browser Cookie Blocking Triggers Antitrust Probe: Reuters© 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.