For months there have been constant rumors about what innovations the next Apple Watch might come with. A well-known expert has now published some details on why body temperature was not recorded before – but should be recorded.
These are probably fairly banal problems with the algorithm that sets the body temperature sensor – at least that is what the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports. On Twitter, he has now revealed some details about the Apple Watch Series 8 (via MacRumors The body temperature recording feature is now expected for the Apple Watch Series 8, as there were software issues, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, that halted the initially planned temperature assessment for the Series 7 release.
The Apple Watch is constantly the subject of many different rumors about its fitness tracking sensors and capabilities, with body temperature sensing being one of the most prominent additions. Ming-Chi Kuo writes that the feature will come if Apple manages to get its algorithms working. “Apple dropped the body temperature measurement for the Apple Watch 7 because the algorithm failed to qualify before entering the EVT phase last year.” Kuo refers to technical validation testing, a stage in which hardware functions are tested before a design goes into production. “I believe the Apple Watch 8 could measure body temperature in 2H22 if the algorithm can meet Apple’s high standards for mass production,” the analyst said.
External influences make accurate measurements difficult
While this should seem like a simple task for a device, Kuo explains that this is actually a difficult problem to solve. “The challenge in taking an accurate body temperature measurement is that skin temperature fluctuates rapidly depending on outside influences”.
Kuo also points out that Apple’s team isn’t alone in grappling with this issue. “Samsung also faces this challenge,” he said. Kuo thinks the South Korean competitor’s Galaxy Watch 5, which is slated to be released in late 2022, will omit the same feature “due to algorithm limitations.”
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