According to a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, some of the most highly anticipated new features that Apple has been rumored to bring to its popular Apple Watch series are still several years away from making their debut.
In a recent edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman discusses the sensors Apple is currently developing for its wearable lineup, and notes that the three biggest features Apple is working on — the ability to measure and monitor the wearer’s blood glucose/sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature — are several years away from featuring in an Apple Watch.
“Don’t expect any of these soon,” writes Gurman. “Body temperature was on this year’s roadmap, but chatter about it has slowed down recently. Blood pressure is at least two to three years away, while I wouldn’t be surprised if glucose monitoring doesn’t land until later in the second half of the decade.”
Previous rumors pointed to several new biometric features, including a short-wavelength infrared sensor capable of measuring the wearer’s blood glucose levels, making their debut in the follow up to last year’s Apple Watch 7.
Apple has been adding new features to its Watch lineup at a steady rate since the company first introduced them back in 2015. Last year’s edition featured a bigger screen with an Always-On Retina display, and support for the new Apple Fitness+ app which was built specifically for the Apple Watch platform.
In its coverage of this latest rumor update, 9to5Mac postulates (based on a 2021 report from The Wall Street Journal) that a new ability to detect advanced sleeping patterns and sleep apnea may in fact be the only new health feature to find its way into the Apple Watch 8, which will likely be released later this year.