New report describes many features that come and do not come with 2022’s Apple Watch Series 8

While it’s certainly no big secret that Apple has comfortably dominated the steadily growing smartwatch market pretty much since its inception, it is that some of you may not be aware that Samsung managed to close the gap (slightly) to the global industry leader last year.

Of course, it’s as much Samsung’s performance as it’s Apple’s failure, and if the Cupertino – based technology giant is not careful, its arch-rival may well move significantly closer to first place in 2022 and beyond.

This is because the Apple Watch family appears to be stagnating in terms of innovation at one of the key levels and receiving virtually no significant upgrades in the health and wellness department for the otherwise very well-regarded Series 7 and seems to go at least two generations more without a major sensor addition.

No monitoring of blood pressure or blood sugar for you … yet

While the Apple Watch Series 8 is almost certainly still five months or so away, the chances of any of these two potentially game-changing features becoming commercial in the fall are officially dropped from slim to non-existent with latest Bloomberg report composed by none other than Mark Gurman.
Admittedly, Gurman has been wrong before about a couple Apple-related stuff (with an emphasis on “a few”), but when someone with the veteran analyst’s track record predicts that a specific technology will not be “ready” for prime time before “at the earliest” in 2024, it means the innovation games in 2022 and 2023 are over.

Of course, this year’s Apple Watch Series 8 and next year’s Series 9 could still innovate in other ways or at least bring a fresh new design for the table at long last, but a blood pressure sensor is essentially off the table for now due to certain “snacks” occurring during internal tests and blood glucose monitoring is somehow even more remote.
Accuracy and reliability are reportedly major issues with both potential features, and by knowing Apple, no shortcuts to solving these challenges will ever be accepted. The company aims to (eventually) allow Apple Watch users to track their blood pressure without requiring frequent calibration via a traditional external monitor, as is currently the case for some Samsung devices.
But even if the plan is simply to warn users when a higher than normal blood pressure is detected without actually showing the values ​​at any point, it is a challenge to get the sensor to work properly without outside help. Meanwhile, there are fewer details on the causes of the blood glucose meter stops, but it’s clear that this feature is even harder to integrate and it requires “several” years of preparation behind the scenes.

So what exactly is in store for 2022?

To begin with, Apple is apparently working hard on a body temperature sensor that could be added to the industry-leading Watch family “as early as this year.” Before you get too excited, you should know that even if this happens, the Apple Watch Series 8 may only use the new sensor to help with fertility planning.

Further down the line, of course, is meant to warn users when their body temperature is too high … but once again without actually showing exact measurements. This way you will be able to detect various disorders in their early stages without constantly being obsessed with your temperature as you do with your heart rate (admit it, this is a safe place).

Other new health features on the way to the Apple Watch and / or iPhone series “as early as this year” include a form of pill management tool that lets you scan your bottles directly into a mobile app, an extension of existing sleep tracking features and more specifically targeted women’s health.

With watchOS 9, Apple also reportedly plans to improve its already hugely valuable and often life-saving atrial fibrillation detection feature found on multiple smartwatches, as well as allow users to run multiple apps in low-energy mode, also called Power Reserve, to maximize battery life.
Above all, it is worth emphasizing that the expectation remains that the “standard” Apple Watch Series 8 will be united in the market by the fall of a second-generation low-priced Apple Watch SE and a first of its kind robust model aimed at “extreme athletes.” Interestingly, it seems that Samsung is working on three different smartwatches for a joint 2022 debut as well.

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