Even though the Apple Watch 7 has only been released for a couple of weeks now, rumors regarding the next iteration of the popular device are already making the rounds. According to a recent report from DigiTimes via MacRumors, it’s possible that the next generation of Apple’s popular wearable could pack even more biometric sensors than its predecessors.
If this information turns out to be accurate, next year’s Apple Watch 8 will feature the kinds of short-wavelength infrared sensors that are common in health devices, and, if fitted to the back of the watch, will be capable of measuring the wearer’s blood glucose levels.
This new biometric capability will presumably be in addition to features already found in the recently released Apple Watch 7 including ECG readings, fall detection, blood oxygen levels, the wearer’s heart rate and more.
The ECG sensor and blood oxygen sensor — which was first introduced in the Series 6 edition of the device — pair with a matching app that can utilize Apple’s stable of fitness and wellness apps to track the wearer’s physical performance, while the newest iteration of the OS on which the Apple Watch runs (watchOS 8) even introduced a Mindfulness app.
The Apple Watch 7 also features a larger display than previous versions and a redesigned watch face as two of the key selling points highlighted by Apple at the time of its release.
Since its launch in 2015, the Apple Watch has evolved from an accessory that was an extension of the iPhone’s notification system, to a wearable device with a myriad of health features, a mobile authentication token, and even a biometric car key.
MacRumors also cites a second report, this one coming courtesy of The Wall Street Journal , that says Apple is looking to tackle the challenge of making the practice of measuring one’s blood glucose level — a process that typically involves taking a sample of the individual’s blood — a non-invasive procedure.