There have been rumours that the Apple Watch Series 8, which is due to arrive in the third quarter of 2022, will have the function of measuring body temperature, but a report published earlier this year claimed that the Apple Watch with a body temperature sensor will appear no earlier than in a year. However, popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now says that the Watch Series 8 with body temperature measurement could still arrive in the second half of 2022.
Apple Watch Series 7
Kuo says last year’s Watch Series 7 did not have the function of measuring body temperature because the measurement algorithm did not qualify before entering the EVT (Technical Verification Test).
The right algorithm to get accurate results is important because smartwatches cannot support hardware to measure the internal temperature and must rely on skin temperature, which changes rapidly depending on the external environment.
Consequently, if the algorithm meets Apple’s quality requirements before mass production of the Watch Series 8 begins, the smartwatch will come with body temperature measurement, otherwise, we will have to wait longer for the Apple Watch, which can measure body temperature.
Leaked render of Apple Watch Series 8 (Source: ApplePro Leaks)
The analyst also said that Samsung also faces similar issues with its Galaxy Watch 5, and the smartwatch may not measure body temperature due to algorithm limitations.