This fall, it is expected that the eighth-generation Apple Watch will break cover – and speculation is centering on the possibility of a body temperature reader being included in the device. If that does materialize, it would be the first new health sensor to be introduced to the Cupertino company’s smartwatch range since the Apple Watch 6 two years ago.
That particular iteration of the Watch brought blood oxygen (SpO2) measurements to the Apple wearable, but there weren’t any health-related updates to the hardware of last year’s Watch 7.
It doesn’t seem that we will see a continuation of that situation for the Series 8. Seasoned watcher of all things Apple, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, said this month that Apple “is planning to add a body-temperature sensor to the Watch as early as this year.”
Speaking of Gurman, he has also suggested that the next generation of the Apple wearable’s operating system – watchOS 9 – will offer new features such as refreshed Watch Faces and new workout types.
Gurman has also predicted that an Apple Watch SE 2 could be released this year as a successor to 2020’s original Watch SE, to appeal to those desiring a cheaper smartwatch from the tech giant. Or what about a rugged version of the Watch for outdoor sports? Yes, Gurman has put forward that as a possibility, too, which could mean Apple launching no fewer than three different Apple Watch models this year.
If that came to pass, it would make 2022 the biggest year for the Apple Watch since the release of the first generation in 2015. As always in the world of Apple and new-product speculation, ‘time’ will tell…