In the event you had been hoping for extra thrilling updates with the Apple Watch Sequence 8, you might need to start out tempering expectations. Whereas it was initially thought that the next-generation watch would have a physique temperature sensor, it’s wanting like that is probably not the case in any case.

A physique temperature sensor for the Sequence 8 has been closely rumored for a while now. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman — who has a fairly good monitor document on the subject of Apple rumors — first hinted a body temperature sensor was coming in June. That was echoed by The Wall Road Journal in September for a potential fertility feature. Famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo additionally predicted a body temperature sensor that very same month. All in all, there have been a number of strong causes to imagine this was within the pipeline.

Nevertheless, in his newest Power On newsletter, Gurman has backtracked. When talking concerning the Sequence 8’s potential for physique temperature sensing, blood glucose monitoring, and blood stress capabilities, Gurman wrote, “Don’t expect any of these soon, though. Body temperature was on this year’s roadmap, but chatter about it has slowed down recently. Blood pressure is at least two to three years away, while I wouldn’t be surprised if glucose monitoring doesn’t land until later in the second half of the decade.”

For blood stress and blood glucose, this makes numerous sense. Whereas there’s been numerous headway in noninvasive, cuffless blood stress monitoring in wearables, the know-how merely isn’t there but. The identical applies to blood glucose monitoring. Though the characteristic was rumored for the Series 7 and in Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, it by no means materialized. The tech does exist in a nascent kind — a prototype from Japanese startup Quantum Operation was featured at CES 2021 — however it’s nowhere close to prepared for consumer-grade units. Of the rumored options, physique temperature sensors appeared most probably as they’re already out there in a number of different client wearables, together with these from rivals like Fitbit. In truth, physique temperature sensors in wearables gained numerous consideration in 2020, when researchers used them to attempt to decide whether or not smartwatches might detect COVID-19.

At the moment, physique temperature sensors are principally used for sleep and restoration monitoring, although fertility wearables like Ava might also characteristic them. Whereas Apple has added sleep and interval monitoring prior to now few years, they’re on the less complicated aspect. Including a physique temperature sensor would probably assist stage up these specific options, particularly if the corporate is planning on including fertility-related options as reported by The Wall Road Journal. Nevertheless, Apple is infamous for sitting on options different gadget makers have already carried out till it’s pleased with its personal model.

“Chatter slowing down,” as Gurman places it, doesn’t imply a physique temperature characteristic is totally lifeless. Nevertheless, it does deliver up one other level: maybe it’s unrealistic to count on Apple to introduce a brand new groundbreaking, industry-leading characteristic yearly on its smartwatch. It’s true that because the Sequence 3, Apple has outpaced the competitors when it got here to superior smartwatch capabilities. The Sequence 3 launched mobile, the Sequence 4 modified the design and added FDA-cleared EKGs, the Sequence 5 added an always-on show, and the Sequence 6 added a SpO2 (blood oxygen) sensor. Nevertheless, the additions have been much less buzz-worthy beginning with the Sequence 6. Not solely have SpO2 sensors been on smartwatches since 2017, however the Sequence 7’s marquee characteristic was additionally only a bigger display screen.

Proper now, the Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market, and Apple has a yearslong lead on the competitors. Put on OS watches are amid an advanced transition to a brand new unified platform with Samsung. Fitbit and Garmin might have superior well being options and higher battery, however they each lag in sensible options like mobile connectivity. Samsung comes closest, however lots of its well being and health options aren’t fairly as polished. Technically talking, there’s no want for Apple in the meanwhile to dramatically shake issues up within the brief time period — particularly because it’s already investing assets in additional groundbreaking well being analysis.

Superior well being options, particularly nascent ones like noninvasive blood stress and blood glucose, will take some time earlier than they’re prepared for client use. And even when they’re “ready,” they’ll in all probability need to undergo the FDA clearance course of. Within the meantime, it’s greater than probably that future Apple Watch updates will focus extra on design, incremental {hardware} upgrades, and software program updates that make use of current sensors. Working example: Gurman also forecasted the Sequence 8 would see a rugged sports activities model and a brand new entry-level mannequin. That mentioned, maybe we’d all quiet down if Apple might lastly determine embody multiday battery life.


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