Apple Watch Series 8 may get new health sensor

The rumor: A new body temperature sensor could make its way to your wrist later this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

  • Apple reportedly tried to put the body temperature sensor on last year’s Apple Watch Series 7…but they were unable to get the measuring algorithm ready in time for production
  • Because the temperature of your skin can vary greatly (especially while outside) Apple has to use both an algorithm and temperature hardware to provide usable measurements
  • It’s possible that the feature could now land on Apple Watch Series 8 this year, which Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate) has also reported

Sam’s take: I hadn’t considered the challenge of skin temperature changing depending on your environment…which sounds like an incredibly hard problem to solve. Looking at the Series 7 retroactively, it makes so much sense that this feature was initially planned for that model because the only other change was a larger display. I really hope we see this on Series 8, and I also hope it can be used for more than just cycle tracking.