The Apple Watch Series 8, which is expected to launch later this year, has made a lot of fuss about its upcoming features. Previous reports have suggested that Apple is working on adding a body temperature measurement feature to the series. The rumors were first addressed by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who suggested Apple might not bring the body temperature feature to Watch Series 8. In a series of recent tweets, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the company may be working on an algorithm to help with the temperature-sensing feature in the upcoming smartwatch.
Kuo gained weight Twitter to explain why the body temperature feature didn’t make it to the Apple Watch Series 7. He explained that the feature could not be made to work on the watch because the algorithm did not support his qualifications before it reached the technical validation testing stage. However, the company plans to introduce the temperature measurement feature with the Apple Watch Series 8 this year if the algorithm supports the requirement. The feature allows the smartwatch to act as a thermometer and can help detect fevers.
Apple stopped body temperature measurement for the Apple Watch 7 because the algorithm failed to qualify before entering the EVT phase last year. I believe the Apple Watch 8 in 2H22 could measure body temperature if the algorithm can meet Apple’s high requirements before mass production.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 1, 2022
Guo too addressed The main problem that makes it difficult for smartwatches to ensure body temperature detection. “The challenge in implementing accurate body temperature measurement is that skin temperature varies rapidly depending on the external environment,” he explained. He added that smartwatches cannot calculate the core temperature measurement with their hardware alone. Therefore, an excellent algorithm is required for smartwatches to include a temperature sensing function.
Samsung, a Kuo’s opinion, faces a similar challenge, making it difficult for them to roll out the feature. Kuo also refuted the rumors that suggested body temperature measurement support in Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 this year.
Kuo’s tweet contradicted Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s report, in which he mentioned that while the Cupertino-based company could add support for checking blood glucose levels and blood pressure, Apple won’t be able to add the body temperature feature in the Apple Series 8 watch.
However, Kuo’s previous report from September last year also hinted at Apple’s progress in offering new health management features.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to arrive in mid-September this year, along with the launch of the iPhone 14 series.