In two months, Apple is expected to announce the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8. Dubbed by analysts as the most important update to the Apple Watch in years, here’s what we’re expecting from Apple’s new wearable, due out later this fall.
Same screen sizes as previous models – but a larger model is in the works
Apple has pretty consistently changed the screen size of the Apple Watch. The original Apple Watch had 38mm and 42mm options up through Series 3, Series 4 through Series 6 had 40mm and 44mm options, and now with Series 7 comes 41mm and 45mm. options.
For the Apple Watch Series 8, we expect Apple to keep the same screen sizes as the Apple Watch Series 7. DSCC‘s Ross Young believes the company is working on a larger 1.99-inch diagonal screen, which could mean Apple providing a 47mm Apple Watch. From now on, Bloomberg believes this could be the new rugged sports edition of the Apple Watch.
At least one new sensor is coming to the Apple Watch Series 8
From now on, Bloombergthe Wall Street Journal, and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the Apple Watch Series 8 will finally bring a new sensor. Both publications and the analyst say a body temperature sensor is in the works.
WSJ: “A planned use of the sensor in 2022 would be in fertility planning, people said, to give women clues as to where they are in their ovulation cycle.”
By early 2022 BloombergMark Gurman of , said, “Body temperature was on this year’s roadmap, but the chatter about it has slowed down lately.” While that doesn’t mean Apple has scrapped its plans to introduce this new sensor, we still have to wait for new ones Reports are awaiting to ensure this feature actually releases.
Then, in July, Gurman reiterated that Apple will likely bring a new sensor to the Apple Watch Series 8:
The body temperature feature doesn’t give you a specific reading – like a forehead or wrist thermometer – but it should be able to tell if you think you have a fever. It might then recommend talking to your doctor or using a special thermometer.
Similar processor to Apple Watch Series 6
Beginning of the year, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reported that Apple is preparing a new S8 SoC for the Apple Watch Series 8 that will bring “big updates to activity tracking” with “faster chips across the board.”
By the end of June, the journalist repeated his report by saying he expects the Apple Watch Series 8’s processor to be similar to the current Series 7’s chip – the same as the Apple Watch Series 6.
However, the Apple Watch Series 8 will be as fast as the Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch Series 6. For next year’s model, Gurman says the Watch will get “an entirely new processor.”
Better sleep tracking technology and fitness features in mind
After years of waiting, Apple has finally released an integrated solution for those who want to track their sleep. Unfortunately, the default app isn’t as good as third-party options.
In that sense, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Apple Watch Series 8 could have new sleep-tracking capabilities, including the ability to detect advanced sleep patterns and sleep apnea. However, the publication states that one challenge for Apple in terms of expanding sleep tracking capabilities is battery life.
In fact, Apple hasn’t waited for the launch of the Apple Watch Series 8 as it’s currently testing an improved sleep tracking app thanks to watchOS 9. The same is true for the workout app, which has had a major overhaul with more data than ever for runners, as you can learn more about here.
So far, these are some of the features that users can really look forward to in the new Apple Watch Series 8. Are you excited for the new Apple Watch? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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