Mark Gurman of Bloomberg refutes the recent claim by an Asian publisher that Apple Watch Series 7 will include a blood pressure measurement sensor. It has been long rumored that Apple will launch the next-generation Apple Watch series at the September iPhone event. Besides the new flat-to-flat design, no other specifications of the smartwatch features and internals are reported.
But Nikkie Asia reported that Apple Watch Series 7 is facing production delays due to challenges faced by all assemblers in putting together new health sensors in the same size chassis as Apple Watch Series 6. Based on information from people familiar with the matter, the report detailed that the new Apple Watch series will come with a “blood pressure measurement” feature.
Following up on the news, a Twitter user asked @Gurman about the possibility of the blood pressure sensor in the upcoming Apple Watch, and he replied “no chance”.
The latest edition of Gurman’s ‘Power On’ newsletter shared that Apple is finally upgrading the screen size of the new Apple Watch to 41mm and 45mm sizes and offer new watch faces for the bigger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular face. In reference to new health features, he said, “I don’t expect any major health upgrades until at least next year, when we may see a body-temperature sensor.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) August 31, 2021
Could Apple Watch Series 7 come with a new ‘blood pressure measurement’ health feature?
Apple introduced a blood-oxygen monitoring sensor in Apple Watch Series 6. And Apple’s partner health sensors supplier ‘Rockley Photonics’ revealed a new full-stack, “clinic-on-the-wrist” digital health sensor system for wearable devices. Using its infrared (IR) spectrophotometers to monitor a wider range of biomarkers, the new sensor will be able to monitor multiple biomarkers through non-invasive means like blood pressure, alcohol, glucose levels, body temperature, lactate, body hydration, and more.
However, the industry reports claim that these health features are likely to come in Apple Watch Series 8 in 2022. So, Gurman might be right. The September event is just a few days away, then we will know for sure what new capabilities Apple is offering to consumers.