While Apple Watch Series 7 did not feature any significant new health sensors, reports suggested Series 8 would come with a body temperature measuring sensor. However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that the Cupertino tech giant is still several years away from introducing any major new health sensors to its wearable platform.
Apple will not be adding new significant health sensors to Apple Watch in the coming years
In the latest Power On newsletter, Gurman discusses what sensors Apple is working on for Apple Watch and when will they be featured in the product itself. Unfortunately, Gurman’s answer shut down any rumors of Apple Watch Series 8 gaining a body temperature sensor.
Gurman corroborated previous reports saying there are three major sensors Apple is working on right now that measure glucose/blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature. All three sensors have been rumored over the last year, with Series 7 expected to gain the ability to monitor blood pressure.
Gurman said “chatter about it has slowed down recently,” so it seems like the features will not be launching anytime soon:
Don’t expect any of these soon, though. Body temperature was on this year’s roadmap, but chatter about it has slowed down recently. Blood pressure is at least two to three years away, while I wouldn’t be surprised if glucose monitoring doesn’t land until later in the second half of the decade
Regarding Apple Watch Series 8, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, had earlier reported that it could come in three sizes, possibly with even larger displays than Series 7. The only new health feature expected to be introduced in Series 8 is the ability to detect advanced sleep patterns and sleep apnea which does not make the device seem more attractive than Series 7.
It is important to take any rumor regarding Series 8 with a grain of salt since we are still months away from any sort of launch. According to a recent report, Apple is planning to launch three new Watch models in 2022. These will include the standard Apple Watch Series 8, a budget-friendly Apple Watch SE, and a new Extreme Sports edition.