According to reports out of New Delhi, the health-focused Apple Watch Series 8 will include a body temperature sensor that will alert the user if they are experiencing a temperature increase.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg suggests that the next iteration of the Apple Watch should be able to detect an increase in the user’s body temperature and then suggest that the user check their temperature using a thermometer.
He said it’s available for both the conventional Apple Watch Series 8 and a new robust variant that’s designed for extreme sports players, he said.
This health tracking capability will be absent from the next Apple Watch SE, which is expected to be released at a lower price point.
This year’s body temperature sensor is also expected to be released, according to well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (pictured).
In previous studies, it was proposed that the sensor may be used to track fertility – fluctuations in body temperature could assist someone identify when they are more likely to become pregnant.
WatchOS 9 will also include new features, such as an improved workout app, sleep stages, a first-of-its-kind Afib history tool, an all-new Medications app, and many more. These new features will be included in the watchOS 9 update.
The new watchOS 9 will bring “scientifically proven insights across fitness, sleep, and heart health, while providing consumers with more creative ways to make their Apple Watch their own,” Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams, said in a statement last month.
Apple has announced that watchOS 9 has a new AFib History feature that provides more information on a user’s condition, as well as the addition of sleep stages to its Sleep app.
With watchOS 9, users who have been diagnosed with Afib can turn on the Afib History feature and receive vital information. This information includes an estimate of how frequently a user’s cardiac rhythm shows signs of AFib, which provides deeper insights into their health.
Last month, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its permission to a piece of software that was developed by the neurology business Rune Labs. This program allows people with Parkinson’s disease to track their symptoms by using an Apple Watch.