In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the Apple Watch Series 8 may be able to tell if you have a fever thanks to a new built-in sensor.
He says 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.
Gurman says 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,” Gurman writes. “As I mentioned earlier, the new models are likely to offer the same processing power as the Series 6. There’s also been internal chatter of updated displays in the new high-end models. I’m hoping they’re brighter.”
You can get the Power On newsletter before everyone else and join the subscriber-only Q&A by going here.