In less than six months, Apple will announce the next Apple Watch Series 8. So far, rumors are a little rare, but some features will most likely be available with this new generation of smartwatches. Read on as we round up four of them that we expect to see on the Apple Watch Series 8.
Same screen sizes as previous models
Apple has been pretty consistent in changing the screen size of the Apple Watch. The original Apple Watch up to Series 3 had 38mm and 42mm options, from Series 4 to Series 6, 40mm and 44mm, and now with Series 7, 41mm and 45mm.
For the Apple Watch Series 8, we expect Apple to maintain the same screen sizes as the Apple Watch Series 7. After analysts and leakers incorrectly predicted the new Series 7 design, I don’t think anyone would say that Apple will drastically change how the next Apple Watch Series 8 will look.
At least one new sensor is coming to the Apple Watch Series 8
From now on, Bloombergthe the wall street journal, and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the Apple Watch Series 8 will finally bring a new sensor. Both posts and the analyst say a body temperature sensor is in the works.
WSJ“An anticipated use of the sensor in 2022 would be for fertility planning, the people said, giving women clues as to where they are in their ovulation cycle.”
Early 2022, Bloombergby Mark Gurman said “body temperature was on the roadmap for this year, but discussions about it have slowed down recently.” While this doesn’t mean that Apple has abandoned its plans to bring this new sensor, we still have to wait for new reports to make sure this feature will actually be released.
After not updating the processor for Series 7, it looks like Apple is readying a new S8 SoC for the Apple Watch Series 8 bringing “major activity tracking updates” with “faster chips to all levels”, according to Bloombergis Mark Gurman.
I think this year will be the most important in the history of the Apple Watch since the original model. I’m looking for three new models this fall: an Apple Watch Series 8, an Apple Watch SE, and an extreme sports-oriented Apple Watch. I wouldn’t expect any major new health sensors this year, besides the possible inclusion of the oft-discussed body temperature feature. But watch out for major activity tracking updates and faster chips across the board. In addition, the Apple Watch Series 3 could finally be retired.
Better sleep tracking technology
After years of waiting, Apple has finally brought an integrated solution for those who like to track their sleep. Unfortunately, the stock app isn’t as good as the third-party options.
In this spirit, the the wall street journal says the Apple Watch Series 8 may have new sleep tracking features, including the ability to detect advanced sleep patterns and sleep apnea. The post says one challenge for Apple in terms of expanding sleep tracking capabilities, however, is battery life.
So far, these are some of the features users can really expect from the new Apple Watch Series 8. Of course, we’ll get a better look at the upcoming features with the preview of watchOS 9 in June, when WWDC 2022.
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