The Apple Watch Series 8 will receive a major sensor update. Among other things, the smartwatch should bring a glucose monitor and a temperature sensor. This could be exciting for both diabetes patients and for fighting pandemics.
Apple has not even presented the Series 7, and there are already rumors about its successor, namely the Apple Watch Series 8. As Bloomberg reports, Apple is said to have originally planned a glucose sensor for this year’s watch, but it will not be ready in time. It would be a great relief for diabetics to be able to keep an eye on the blood sugar values without spades or separate hardware – provided that the optical sensors prove to be sufficiently accurate.
Bloomberg continues to report that the Apple Watch Series 8 will also receive a temperature sensor. Now that the Apple Watch is the best-selling wristwatch of all, the data could then be an important tool for the next pandemic. After all, infections are often accompanied by fever; and an increase in the resting heart rate.
Yes, there have long been smartwatches with body temperature and pulse sensors. But no other manufacturer is as widespread as Apple, the right connections and, more and more, the confidence to treat sensitive user data such as body temperature and resting heart rate with sensitivity.
Little update for Apple Watch Series 7
What is left then for this year’s Apple Watch Series 7? According to the Bloomberg report, the Series 7 will have a faster processor and better wireless connectivity. Thanks to a new lamination technique, the display is supposed to move closer to the windshield, which is usually good for legibility. It should also come as no surprise if UWB is involved.
Bloomberg also reports that a new Apple Watch SE and a more robust version for athletes will be presented together with the Watch Series 7. We expect the next generation of smartwatches for the September keynote, where Apple usually also introduces the new iPhones.
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