According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 will be able to tell wearers that their body temperature is higher than normal, thanks to a new built-in sensor. It’s expected to be equipped with a new temperature sensor.
However, Gurman noted that he thinks both the standard Series 8 and the new “rugged” sensor for athletes are “doable. Unlike traditional dedicated thermometers, the Apple Watch will not give users a direct reading of their current body temperature but will alert them directly when it thinks they have a fever.
We can expect some new health tracking features for the Apple Watch this year. It was reported in April that Apple had been working to add temperature detection to its Series 8 models, provided the feature passed muster in internal testing. I now believe the feature will be available in both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and the ruggedized version for extreme sports athletes.
In January, Gurman said that internal discussions to equip the Apple Watch 8 Series with a body temperature sensor had slowed down. Since then, enthusiasm for the feature has apparently increased within Apple, helping to drive development efforts. Apple often adds new sensors and health features to the Apple Watch, with the last device added being a blood oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch 6 series.
In addition to the new temperature sensor, the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to maintain the same design as the Apple Watch Series 7, including the same processor as the Series 6 and 7. Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 8 may include a better display in the high-end models.