In two months, Apple is expected to announce the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8. Analysts call it the most important update in years for the Apple Watch, here’s what we expect to see on Apple’s new laptop coming later this fall.
Same screen sizes as previous models – but a larger model is in the works
Apple has been fairly consistent in changing the screen size of the Apple Watch. The original Apple Watch to Series 3 had 38 mm and 42 mm options, Series 4 to Series 6, 40 mm and 44 mm, and now starts with Series 7, 41 mm and 45 mm.
For the Apple Watch Series 8, we expect Apple to maintain the same screen sizes as the Apple Watch Series 7. That said, DSCCRoss Young believes the company is working diagonally on a larger 1.99-inch screen, which could mean Apple is getting a 47mm Apple Watch ready. From now on, Bloomberg believe it could be the new rugged sports edition Apple Watch.
At least a new sensor comes to the Apple Watch Series 8
From now on, Bloombergthe Wall Street Journal, and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple Watch Series 8 will eventually bring a new sensor. Both publications and the analyst say a body temperature sensor is in the works.
WSJ: “A planned use for the sensor in 2022 will be for fertility planning, the people said, giving women clues as to where they are in their ovulation cycle.”
By the beginning of 2022, BloombergMark Gurman said “body temperature was on this year’s road map, but talk about it has slowed down recently.” While that does not mean that Apple has scrapped its plans to bring this new sensor, we still have to wait for new reports to make sure that this feature will actually be released.
Then, in July, Gurman reiterated that Apple is likely to bring a new sensor to the Apple Watch Series 8:
The body temperature feature will not give you a specific reading – as with a forehead or padding thermometer – but it should be able to tell if it believes you have a fever. It may then be advisable to talk to your doctor or use a dedicated thermometer.
Similar processor to Apple Watch Series 6
Early this year, BloombergMark Gurman reported that Apple was preparing a new S8 SoC for the Apple Watch Series 8, which brings “major activity tracking updates” with “faster slides across the board.”
By the end of June, the journalist repeated his report by saying that he expected the Apple Watch Series 8 processor to be similar to the current Series 7 chip – which is the same as that found on the Apple Watch Series 6.
That said, Apple Watch Series 8 will be as fast as the Apple Watch Series 7 and the Apple Watch Series 6. For next year’s model, Gurman says the Watch is expected to get “a brand new processor”.
Better sleep tracking technology and fitness features in mind
After years of waiting, Apple has finally brought a built-in solution for those who like to watch their sleep. Unfortunately, the stock application is not as good as third-party options.
With this in mind, the Wall Street Journal reports the Apple Watch Series 8 may have new sleep detection features, including the ability to detect advanced sleep patterns and sleep apnea. However, the publication says that one challenge for Apple in terms of expanding sleep tracking capabilities is battery life.
In fact, Apple did not wait for Apple Watch Series 8 to launch it, as it is currently testing an improved sleep tracking application thanks to watchOS 9. The same is true for the Workout application, which has undergone a major overhaul with more data than ever for runners, as you can learn more about it 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 about the new Apple Watch? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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