Apple Watch Series 8 may not feature body temperature feature after all

Back in 2021, before Apple got around to officially announcing the Apple Watch Series 7, there were some rumors swirling around Apple was going to include a body temperature feature in the smartwatch. However, that did not pan out. So, what about the next iteration of the lineup?

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Unsurprisingly, there have been some rumors that Apple is going to include the body temperature tracking feature in this year’s smartwatch model. That rumor has been fueled by some noteworthy individuals, including analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. But, according to a new report, that apparently won’t be the case after all.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, writing for his “Power On” newsletter recently, aimed to shed some light on the upcoming health features for the newest smartwatch. Or what might not be present, actually. Along with the ability to take the user’s body temperature, the Apple Watch Series 8 has also been rumored to feature things like sensors for blood pressure and blood sugar.

Gurman says we shouldn’t expect these features “soon,” unfortunately:

Body temperature was on this year’s roadmap, but chatter about it has slowed down recently. Blood pressure is at least two to three years away, while I wouldn’t be surprised if glucose monitoring doesn’t land until later in the second half of the decade.

Apple’s goal to measure body temperature isn’t simply for the Apple Watch, based on the rumor mill. It’s been rumored more than a few times that Apple is planning to add the feature in the AirPods as well. But, we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out.

As for the next Apple Watch, the Series 8, some rumors have said it will bring that hardware refresh, which may include flattened sides.

Are you planning to upgrade to the newest Apple Watch this year, even if the upgrade itself isn’t jam packed with features?