The Apple Watch 8 allegedly skips blood pressure or glucose sensors, dismissing some rumors about Apple’s next smartwatch. According to a new report, both tools are still several years away, with the blood pressure sensor currently slated for 2024 (although subject to further delay).
The good news is that the Apple Watch 8 might get a new health sensor. Here’s what you need to know.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says “people with knowledge of the matter”, do not expect blood pressure monitoring to be available “until 2024 at the earliest”. Even then, the feature may be pushed back to 2025 due to accuracy issues.
When it debuts, blood pressure monitoring on Apple Watch might not look like we expected. According to the latest information from Gurman, Apple Watch users will not be able to receive systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings, meaning they will still need to see a doctor or use a dedicated home blood pressure monitor to see their numbers. The Apple Watch will only be able to detect signs of hypertension or high blood pressure and suggest further medical attention if needed.
Apple Watch 8 Body Temperature Sensor
This isn’t the first time Gurman has reported that blood pressure monitoring won’t be ready for the Apple Watch 8. But at that time, the Apple tipster also said that a temperature reader Skin also didn’t seem likely for the next-gen smartwatch. Now, Apple “plans to add a body temperature sensor to the watch as early as this year,” according to Gurman.
At first, the skin temperature reader will inform fertility or other anticipated health characteristics for women. Future Apple Watch models may possibly warn of elevated body temperatures, which may indicate illness or advise recovery. (Earlier this year, I wrote about why a recovery tool is a feature the Apple Watch really lacks.)
As for blood glucose sensors, Gurman’s sources did not provide a possible release window for what would be a game-changing tool for Apple Watch users with diabetes. We could soon see “better support for third-party blood glucose meters” or more ways for people with diabetes to collect and view their blood sugar through the Health app.
Of course, if the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 beats the Apple Watch with a non-invasive blood glucose meter, it could be in contention for the best smartwatch of the year. Especially since the upcoming Galaxy Watch is also designed to get a skin temperature reading and could get closer to FDA approval for its existing blood pressure sensor.
So what will we see on the Apple Watch 8? Gurman said “new health, sleep, fitness and medication management features for women” are all possible for Apple’s upcoming smartwatch through the Health and Workout apps. But more specifically, watchOS 9 could expand the Apple Watch’s atrial fibrillation feature with a new metric called “charge” that could help users better understand AFib trends.
The Apple Watch 8 could also be joined by a mid-range Apple Watch SE 2 and a rugged Apple Watch designed for extreme sports.