A body temperature sensor was first rumored to be coming to the Apple Watch Series 7 in 2021. However, the addition of the sensor was delayed due to some issues in the testing phase. Now, we know that it will be added to at least two models of the Apple Watch Series 8. The second-generation Apple Watch SE is expected to miss out on it. Here’s everything we know about the new sensor.
Apple Watch Series 8 rumored body temperature sensor will not provide exact readings
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has stated time and time again that a body-temperature sensor is coming to both the standard and the rumored rugged edition of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8.
The journalist has said that the feature will be able to give users a general reading rather than an exact temperature. The body-temperature sensor will be able to alert users if they have a fever.
In May, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said that a body-temperature sensor could be added to Apple Watch Series 8. At the time, Kuo revealed that the tech giant originally planned to add a body temperature measurement feature to the Apple Watch Series 7 however it was ultimately scrapped because the algorithm failed to qualify before the device entered the engineering validation testing (EVT) stage last year.
In addition to alerting users if their body temperature is higher than normal, the sensor is supposed to help the Apple Watch offer improved sleep tracking, which is a big part of watchOS 9. The body temperature sensor will also be marketed as a useful tool for fertility planning.
In addition to the new body temperature sensor, we expect that the upcoming lineup will feature the S8 processer. Last year’s Apple Watch models come equipped with the S7 chip but the processor features the same specifications as the S6 chip, making the chip two years old. With that being said, the processor will likely offer gains in efficiency. The display of the Watch is also expected to receive an upgrade.