Mark Gurman: 'You've got a fever' coming this fall to Apple Watch 8

But for degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, you'll have to get, like, a thermometer.

From Gurman’s Power On column, posted Sunday to registered Bloomberg Technology subscribers:

In April, I reported that Apple has been aiming to add body-temperature detection to its Series 8 model, assuming the capability passes muster during internal testing. I now believe the feature is a go for both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and a new rugged edition that’s aimed at extreme sports athletes. It’s unlikely to be available in the new version of the lower-end SE, which is also coming this year.

The body-temperature feature won’t give you a specific reading—like with a forehead or wrist thermometer—but it should be able to tell if it believes you have a fever. It could then recommend talking to your doctor or using a dedicated thermometer.

Other than the body-temperature reader, other hardware changes will probably be minor.

My take: If true, seems like a missed opportunity. What this consumer wants are digits he can read without his glasses.

6 Comments

  1. Wyatt Counts said:
    “I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell”. And yes, I had to check, there is a More Cowbell app in the App Store.

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    July 3, 2022
  2. Wyatt Counts said:
    Yes, temperature monitoring would likely be more accurate from sensors imbedded in Air Pod’s. Hopefully, opt in body temperature data could be used to help map virus and flu transmission hot spots. Geographical hot spots.

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    July 3, 2022

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