Apple Watch 8 Series Will Alert You If You Have A Fever.
Updated: Nov 24, 2022
Health-centric Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly come with a body temperature sensor that will let the user know if he or she is running a fever.
The upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly come with a body temperature sensor that can tell whether you’re running a fever, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
"The feature is a go for both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and a new rugged edition that's aimed at extreme sports athletes," he said.
The upcoming lower-end Apple Watch SE is not going to have this health feature.
Famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also believes the body temperature sensor will make its debut later this year.
However, it might not be substantially different from the S7, which is included in the Watch 7 series. This means that the S8 will be like the S6 chipset, as its successor brings minor tweaks in processing power.
Gurman notes, "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's mainly because Apple has been funneling resources into developing proprietary processors for its Mac lineup. Along with the global shortage of chipsets, Apple is investing in Mac chipsets like the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Ultra, and the new M2, so the Apple Watch series is getting minor updates. Soon, we could see the launch of M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra and M3.
Previous reports from Gurman and The Wall Street Journal indicate that the body temperature sensor could also be used for fertility tracking — shifts in body temperature could help someone determine when they’re more likely to get pregnant, or predict when they’re going to get their period.
Gurman only mentioned fever detection in his most recent report, so it’s still unclear how (or if) Apple plans on adding cycle-tracking capabilities.
"This fall, watchOS 9 takes the Apple Watch experience to the next level with scientifically validated insights across fitness, sleep, and heart health, while providing users more creative ways to make their Apple Watch their own," Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, said last month.
The company said that watchOS 9 brings sleep stages to the Sleep app and a new FDA-cleared AFib History feature that provides deeper insights into a user's condition.
With watchOS 9, users who are diagnosed with Afib can turn on the Afib History feature and access important information, including an estimate of how frequently a user's heart rhythm shows signs of AFib, providing deeper insights into their condition.
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