The upcoming Apple Watch 8 will reportedly include a body temperature sensor that will be able to determine if the wearer has a fever, according to Bloomberg’s notable Apple tracker Mark Gurman.
In his latest Power On Newsletter, the Bloomberg reporter said that the body-temperature feature won’t be able to give a specific reading to the wearer —like with a forehead or wrist thermometer — but it should “be able to tell if it believes you have a fever.” If the watch believes the wearer is potentially sick, it will recommend them to see a doctor or use a dedicated thermometer for a more accurate reading.
As per Gurman, the Cupertino giant will be adding the body-temperature detection tool, assuming that the sensor passes Apple’s internal testing and becomes a standard on the upcoming Watch Series 8 model as well as an updated rugged edition aimed at extreme sports athletes. However, the new version of the lower-end Apple Watch SE, which is coming this year, will reportedly not receive the feature.
“Assuming the capability passes muster during internal testing. I now believe the feature is a go for both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and a new rugged edition that’s aimed at extreme sports athletes. It’s unlikely to be available in the new version of the lower-end SE, which is also coming this year.”
Other than the body-temperature reader, there is only going to be minor hardware changes in the Apple Watch Series 8 model. It is likely to maintain the same design as the Apple Watch Series 7, and have the same processing power as the Series 7 and Series 6. There are also internal talks that the Apple Watch Series 8 may bring updated displays in the new high-end models, says Gurman.
In other news for health-tracking features on Apple devices, Gurman writes that the upcoming second-generation of AirPods Pro won’t include heart rate or body temperature monitoring features, as suggested previously by some reports. However, Apple has explored the possibility, so it may arrive one day.
“I’m told that neither feature is likely to arrive in the 2022 upgrade, though both enhancements have been explored inside the company and could arrive one day,” he says.
For the unversed, Apple describes Apple Watch as “the ultimate device for a healthy life”. The current generation of the wearable device, the Apple Watch Series 7 has the most advanced health and wellness features ever, as part of its improved fitness-tracking abilities.
With Series 7, you can measure your blood oxygen levels, take an ECG from your wrist, be alerted if it detects unusually high or low heart rates or an irregular rhythm, and even measure your current heart rate.
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It would be interesting to see how Apple implements the body-temperature reading feature in the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8. Keep watching this space for more updates!