The Apple Watch Series 7 was first rumored to get the new body temperature sensor last year, but as we all know, this feature did not reach the cut – as well as a complete redesign of the watch.
Now, for the Apple Watch Series 8, it looks like the portable device could have this sensor with an important condition, as explained by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a thread shared by the analyst on his Twitter, Kuo says that “Apple canceled body temperature measurement for the Apple Watch Series 7 because the algorithm did not qualify until it entered the EVT stage last year. I think the Apple Watch Series 8 in 2H22 could take the body temperature if the algorithm can meet Apple’s high demands before mass production. “
With that in mind, Kuo’s report confirms stories shared by Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal about the upcoming body temperature measurement sensor on the Apple Watch Series 8. Since the wrist is not the place people usually measure their body temperature, an accurate algorithm is more than necessary to make this sensor work.
“The challenge of implementing accurate body temperature measurement is that skin temperature varies rapidly depending on the environment outside,” explains Kuo. “A smartwatch can not support core temperature measurement in terms of hardware, so it needs an excellent algorithm to work together.”
The analyst also brings an example of what Samsung is also facing. “Contrary to previous media reports, I think the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 in 2H22 may not support body temperature measurement due to algorithm limitations.”
Only time will tell if the Apple Watch Series 8 will have a body temperature sensing sensor. Here you can find what we expect Apple to add to the new Watch model this year.
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