Apple Watch 8’s most exciting feature may not work at launch

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  • Apple Watch 8 is rumored to measure skin temperature.
  • This instrument can track sleep cycles, identify fevers and detect ovulation.
  • It’s unclear if the fever detection capability can be introduced via a post-launch firmware update or if it’s a hardware issue.

Apple is expected to announce the next Apple Watch in September, but rumors have it that its body temperature sensor might not work right away. Apple Watch 8 is rumored to measure skin temperature. This instrument can track sleep cycles, identify fevers and detect ovulation.

MacRumors reports that Apple Watch 8 Fever Detection may not be ready at launch.

If so, that’s a shame. In our health-conscious environment, the ability to detect fever would be a game-changer.

This feature would give me peace of mind as someone who is still taking a Covid-19 test before traveling or visiting elderly relatives.

If my Apple Watch thinks I have a temperature, I decide to go out or stay home to avoid making my friends and family sick.

This follows some disappointing news regarding the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5’s infrared temperature sensor.

The Galaxy Watch 5 would use skin temperature to track sleep like the speculated sensor in the Apple Watch 8.

Samsung talked a lot about this feature before the release of the Galaxy Watch 5, but it still doesn’t work. It will, however, be available “in the near future”, whenever it is.

As for Apple, it’s unclear if the fever detection capability can be introduced via a post-launch firmware update or if it’s a hardware issue that won’t be fixed until later. Apple Watch 9 arrives. Apple’s September announcements are expected.

Apple may have a lot to show for it, with a new Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition planned.

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