Apple Watch Series 8 To Feature Sensational Upgrades, Insider Claims

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When Apple Watch Series 8 arrives this fall, it may cement Apple’s focus on health features for the wearable.

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According to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg in his latest Power On newsletter, a series of new health aspects are planned for Apple Watch, though not all will land this year. There will also be some cool upgrades and, again, they may arrive in time for Series 8.

Here’s what we think so far.

Heart monitoring

Even the very first Apple Watch had a heart rate monitor. It was included not so for health tracking but so that Apple could more accurately measure calorie burn than rival devices that based this on your height and step length and so on.

But since then, Apple has added ECG measurement, blood oxygen levels and notifications if your heart rate is suddenly unexpectedly high or low. It also monitors Cardio Fitness.

When you take an ECG it tells you whether it can spot signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib). Gurman predicts that Afib burden detection will be coming, perhaps as soon as this year, which will monitor just how often the user is in a state of atrial fibrillation.

Blood pressure

Other health features will follow, but not just yet. For instance, it’s thought that Apple is working on blood pressure for Apple Watch. Currently, that’s available on wearables like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, or the Aktiia blood pressure bracelet. Both require monthly calibration with a standalone blood pressure cuff—Aktiia helpfully supplies one with the bracelet. But Apple may feel that’s not an elegant enough solution.

Huawei has created a smartwatch that has a wristband that inflates so its blood pressure readings don’t require separate calibration. But the watch looks clunkier, especially the strap. Gurman thinks 2024 or the following year is likely for blood pressure monitoring.

Glucose tracking

This is another holy grail for health tracking, non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. But, as Jeff Williams, Apple’s…

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