The upcoming Apple Watch 8 will reportedly include a body temperature sensor that can 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 the body temperature feature can’t give the wearer a specific reading — such as with a forehead or wrist thermometer — but it should “be able to tell if it believes you have a fever.” If the watch thinks the wearer may be ill, it will recommend that they see a doctor or use a special thermometer for a more accurate reading.
According to Gurman, the Cupertino giant will add the body temperature detection tool, assuming 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 cheaper Apple Watch SE, due out this year, will reportedly not receive the feature.
“Assuming that the capacity is acceptable during internal tests. I now believe the feature is suitable for both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and a new rugged edition aimed at extreme sports athletes. It’s unlikely to be available in the new version of the lower SE, which is also coming this year.”
Aside from the body temperature reader, there will be only minor hardware changes in the Apple Watch Series 8 model. It will likely keep 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 could bring updated screens to the new high-end models, Gurman says.
In other news for health tracking features on Apple devices, Gurman writes that the upcoming second-generation AirPods Pro will not include heart rate or body temperature monitoring features, as previously suggested by some reports. However, Apple has explored the possibility, so it may arrive one day.
“I was told neither feature will appear in the 2022 upgrade, although both improvements have been explored within the company and could come someday,” he says.
For inexperienced people, Apple describes Apple Watch as “the ultimate device for a healthy life”. The current generation of wearable device, the Apple Watch Series 7, has the most advanced health and wellness features ever, as part of its enhanced fitness tracking capabilities.
With Series 7, you can measure oxygen levels in your blood, take an EKG from your pulse, be notified if it detects an unusually high or low heart rate or irregular rhythm, and even measure your current heart rate.
It would be interesting to see how Apple implements the body temperature reading feature in the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8. Stay tuned to this space for more updates!