The upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly come with a body temperature sensor that can tell if you have a fever, according to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Rather than give you an exact reading, Gurman believes the watch should be able to detect a spike in body temperature and then encourage you to talk to a doctor or use a thermometer.
Gurman says the body temperature sensor still has to pass internal tests, and if it does, Apple expects to include the feature in the Watch Series 8, as well as the rumored “rugged” smartwatch for extreme exercisers. The upcoming entry-level Apple Watch SE probably won’t have the sensor.
Rumors of a body temperature sensor have been circulating for over a year
Rumors of a new body temperature sensor have been circulating for over a year. Gurman first hinted at the possibility in June 2021 and later backtracked on his prediction in January this year. He then reversed course again in April, noting that we can expect a body temperature sensor “as early as this year.” Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also believes the sensor will make its debut later this year.
Previous reports from Gurman and The Wall Street Journal indicate that the body temperature sensor could also be used for fertility tracking — shifts in body temperature can help a person determine when they’re more likely to get pregnant, or predict when they’re going to have their period. Gurman only mentioned fever detection in his most recent report, so it’s still unclear how (and if) Apple plans to add bike-tracking capabilities.
Aside from the body temperature sensor, Gurman says any other changes to the Apple Watch’s hardware “will likely be minor,” and also hints at the possibility of an improved display in more expensive models. Gurman predicted last week that the Series 8 processor will have the same level of performance as the previous S7 and S6 chips – we probably won’t see an upgrade until 2023. In terms of health tracking features on other upcoming devices, Gurman says new-model AirPods Pro, which are said to focus on fitness, are unlikely to arrive this year with temperature or heart rate sensing.
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