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Apple Watch Series 8 might be able to detect if you have a fever

Written by Nuel

The upcoming Watch Series 8 and the rumored rugged smartwatch for extreme sports athletes will reportedly get a new sensor to monitor spikes in body temperatures.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Apple Watch SE 2022 may not get a body temperature sensor.
  • The upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 may retain the same curved-edge design.
  • Old leaks claim the Apple Watch Series 8 may get a flat-edge design.

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Apple’s upcoming Watch 8 smartwatch series will reportedly be able to tell if a user has a fever. According to notable Apple analyst and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the latest Watch Series 8 and the rumored “rugged smartwatch for extreme sports athletes” will get a body temperature sensor to monitor spikes in body temperatures. The report highlights that the readings might not be accurate, but Apple’s smartwatch could encourage users to talk to a doctor or use a thermometer if it detects an unusual spike.

The report also highlights that the body temperature sensor may not feature in the Apple Watch SE 2022 – an affordable version of Apple’s premium smartwatches. In terms of processing power, it is reported that the latest models will get a new proprietary chipset, dubbed, S8, though it might not be substantially different from S7, which features in the Watch 7 series. This essentially means that the S8 will be similar to the S6 chipset, as its successor came with minor tweaks in terms of processing power. Gurman notes that this year’s “Apple Watch is expected to retain the same general processing performance for the third year in a row — something that’s never happened before either”.

It is mainly because Apple has been channeling resources to develop proprietary processors for its Mac lineup. Coupled with the global chipset shortage, Apple is seemingly investing in Mac chipsets like M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Ultra, as well as the new M2, hence the Apple Watch series is getting minor upgrades. Soon, we might see the launch of M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, and M3.

It could also indicate that the Apple Watch 8 series will retain a similar design, though rumors speculate the smartwatch will come with a flat-edge design, similar to the iPhone 12 series and iPhone 13 lineup. Currently, Apple Watch models come with a square-shaped dial with curved edges.

Gurman also highlights the development of the new AirPods Pro models. His latest report adds that this year’s AirPods Pro is unlikely to get heart-rate monitoring. His old report from June 2021 claimed the possibility of the heart rate sensor but later backtracked on his prediction in January this year. He claimed the possibility of the feature again in April.

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