The Series 7 landed last year with few changes other than a slightly larger screen and slightly faster charging, but it should also have a groundbreaking new sensor and feature on board. A new report now says it could end up in the Series 8.
Corresponding a tweet from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has canceled its body temperature measurement sensor for the Apple Watch Series 7 “because the algorithm did not qualify before entering the EVT phase last year”. As Kuo explains:
The challenge in implementing accurate body temperature measurement is that skin temperature varies rapidly depending on the external environment. A smartwatch cannot support core temperature measurement in hardware, so it needs an excellent algorithm to work together.
However, Kuo reports that body temperature readings could still appear in the Apple Watch Series 8. The often-precise analyst says the Apple Watch Series 8 “could measure body temperature if the algorithm can meet Apple’s exacting requirements ahead of mass production.”
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously reported that the Apple Watch would likely get a skin temperature sensor, but that it would only be used for fertility tracking. In the report, Gurman also claimed that Apple is indeed working on a way to monitor body temperature, but he doesn’t expect the feature to be ready in the fall even if the sensor is on board.
That Apple Watch Series 8 expected to arrive in September alongside a new Apple Watch SE. The flagship watch is expected to get a new size as part of watchOS 9, as well as a rugged option and possibly a power-saving mode.