Apple Watch Series 8 May Not Have Body Temperature, Blood Pressure, and Glucose Sensors: Report

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Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to be released later this year as an update to the company’s Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch. The Cupertino-based company reportedly previously worked to support body temperature measurement in its upcoming Watch Series 8 smartwatch. However, a recent newsletter from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that body temperature function won’t make it into this year’s Apple Watch Series 8. In the meantime, support for checking blood sugar levels and monitoring blood pressure is expected to arrive in later generations of Apple’s smartwatch.

In his weekly power-on newsletter, Gurman stated that users shouldn’t expect body temperature readings as well as blood sugar and blood pressure readings on the successor to the Apple Watch Series 7 recently slowed down. Blood pressure is at least two to three years away, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the glucose reading doesn’t land until later in the second half of the decade, ”notes Gurman in the newsletter.

Gurman wasn’t the only one predicting that Apple would introduce body temperature monitoring to the Apple Watch Series 8 last year. Apple market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also suggested that Apple was working on a temperature monitoring feature, while the Wall Street Journal, which also predicts upcoming Apple features, had suggested Apple might add the feature in the next generation of smartwatches. Temperature monitoring could be used for better sleep monitoring as well as fertility monitoring, as suggested by the Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, Apple Watch owners can no longer book Uber trips through the watchOS app, which was first introduced in 2015, according to a report by MacRumors. The company appears to have stopped supporting the app last month and users are seeing a message asking them to switch to the Uber mobile app on their iPhone. However, the app itself was still listed in the App Store at the time this story was published. The company’s support page has now been updated to indicate that the Apple Watch app is no longer supported.

This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we’re discussing the iPhone 13, the new iPad and iPad mini, and the Apple Watch Series 7 – and what they mean for the Indian market. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and anywhere you get your podcasts.

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