This fall, the eighth-generation Apple Watch is expected to come out of the cover – and speculation centers around the possibility of a body temperature reader being included in the device. If that materialized, it would be the first new health sensor to be introduced to the Cupertino company’s smartwatch lineup since the Apple Watch 6 two years ago.
This particular iteration of the watch brought blood oxygen (SpO2) measurements to the Apple wearable, but there were no hardware health-related updates from last year’s Watch 7.
It doesn’t look like we’ll see a continuation of this for the Series 8. Seasoned observer of all things Apple, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, said this month that Apple “plans to add a body temperature sensor on show as early as this year.
Speaking of Gurman, he also suggested that the next generation of Apple’s wearable operating system – watchOS 9 – will bring new features such as updated watch faces and new workout types.
Gurman also predicted that an Apple Watch SE 2 could launch this year as a successor to the original Watch SE from 2020, to appeal to those who want a cheaper smartwatch from the tech giant. Or how about a rugged version of the watch for outdoor sports? Yes, Gurman has floated that as a possibility as well, which could mean Apple will release no less than three different Apple Watch models this year.
Yes that were to happen, that would make 2022 the biggest year for the Apple Watch since the first generation was released in 2015. As always in the world of Apple and new product speculation, “time” will tell …