Apple Watch 8 Rumored to Feature Temperature Monitoring

The smartwatch could detect potential fevers in wearers.

The smartwatch could detect potential fevers in wearers.

Apple is remaining fairly quiet about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8. As of writing, there still isn’t a release date, though rumors are circulating that Apple is shooting for release sometime in September. Speaking of rumors, a new rumor has begun making the rounds related to the smartwatch’s new health features.

According to a rumor picked up by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Apple Watch Series 8 will feature a new temperature sensor, allowing it to detect the fluctuations in its wearer’s body temperature. This, in turn, would allow the watch to detect when its wearer could be developing a fever. To clarify, this would not be the same thing as an actual thermometer, but rather a gentle warning of abnormally high body temperatures.

“The body-temperature feature won’t give you a specific reading—like with a forehead or wrist thermometer—but it should be able to tell if it believes you have a fever,” Gurman explains. “It could then recommend talking to your doctor or using a dedicated thermometer.”

Apple has been allegedly workshopping this feature for a while now, leaving off of Apple Watch models since they couldn’t quite get it right, but according to Gurman, the Series 8 is where they’ve finally nailed it.

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