According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, this year’s Apple Watch Series 7 will feature thinner display bezels and improved screen lamination, reducing the air gap between the glass and touch screen. The lineup will also feature ultra-wideband connectivity, the same technology featured in Apple’s AirTag, and a body temperature sensor.
Apple Watch Series 7 could feature thinner bezels, Ultra-Wideband and, body temperature and blood sugar sensors
While the addition of a blood glucose monitor to Apple Watch has been rumored for a while now, Gurman says the upgrade is likely to be included in Apple Watch Series 8 by 2022. Industry sources claim that the tech giant is currently in the process of ensuring the feature is stable and reliable enough for commercial purposes. Currently, Apple Watch features health sensors that can monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and ECGs.
Apple had previously aimed to put a body temperature sensor in this year’s model, but that is now more likely to be included in the 2022 update. The blood-sugar sensor, which would help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for several more years.
The report also mentions a special body temperature sensor for Apple Watch. Adding a body temperature sensor to Apple Watch Series 7 would help the tech giant compete with other smartwatches like Google’s FitBit. However, the most interesting part of the report is that Apple is said to be working on an “extreme” version of Apple Watch, made entirely for athletes with a strong exterior designed for keeping extreme sports activities and environments. Apple could also refresh the budget-friendly Apple Watch SE next year.
The extreme sports model, described by some inside Apple as either an “explorer” or “adventure” edition, was in development for release as early as this year, but it is now more likely to launch in 2022. That new model would help Apple compete with rugged offerings from players like Garmin Ltd. and Casio Computer Co.
The Cupertino tech giant unveiled its upcoming watchOS 8 software update at WWDC 2021 last week. The new update features new workouts, watch faces, health features, updates to Music, Photos, and Fitness+ apps, and more. Bloomberg’s report suggests these features could be exclusive to Apple Watch Series 7. watchOS 8 beta 1 is available for developers now.