Apple Said to Plan Faster Watch, Future Temperature and Glucose Sensors

Apple is planning to refresh its Watch lineup this year by adding a faster processor, improved wireless connectivity, and an updated screen.

Apple Said to Plan Faster Watch, Future Temperature and Glucose Sensors

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Apple Watch Series 7 is described by some inside Apple as either an “explorer” or “adventure” edition

Highlights
  • Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique
  • The model will include updated ultra-wideband functionality
  • The company's plans remain fluid and could change

Apple is working on new Apple Watch models and health features, spanning display and speed upgrades, an extreme sports edition and body temperature and blood sugar sensors.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is planning to refresh the line this year - with a model likely dubbed the Apple Watch Series 7 - by adding a faster processor, improved wireless connectivity, and an updated screen, according to people with knowledge of the plans. Next year the company plans to update the main Apple Watch alongside a successor for the lower-end Apple Watch SE and a new version targeting extreme sports athletes.

Apple had previously aimed to put a body temperature sensor in this year's model, but that is now more likely to be included in the 2022 update. The blood-sugar sensor, which would help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for several more years.

For this year's model, Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. The new Watch is likely to be slightly thicker overall, but not in a way that's noticeable to the user.

The model will include updated ultra-wideband functionality, the same underlying technology in the Apple AirTag item finder. At its developer conference in early June, Apple previewed the upcoming watchOS 8 software update that will let the device unlock door and hotel rooms.

The extreme sports model, described by some inside Apple as either an “explorer” or “adventure” edition, was in development for release as early as this year, but it is now more likely to launch in 2022. That new model would help Apple compete with rugged offerings from players like Garmin and Casio.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. The company's plans remain fluid and could change, the people said.

Luxshare Precision Industry is the primary assembler for the main Apple Watch, while Hon Hai Precision Industry, or Foxconn, shares some of those orders in addition to splitting assembly of the Apple Watch SE with Taiwan's Compal Electronics Inc.

Measuring body temperature became an essential part of COVID-19 detection, prompting a surge in demand for gadgets such as the Withings Thermo. Some companies offer small digital thermometers that plug into a smartphone's charging port. Adding the functionality into its watch would help Apple match other smartwatches and fitness bands, including products from Alphabet-owned Fitbit.

Blood sugar monitoring has been long in the works at Apple and would be a feature thus far unrivaled by competitors. Apple and others currently rely on apps that let users input their glucose levels manually, while medical device companies like Dexcom offer blood sugar monitors that share data with the Apple Watch. Users typically need to prick their finger to draw blood for an accurate glucose test, but Apple is aiming for a non-invasive solution that can analyse blood through the skin.

Since going on sale in 2015, the Apple Watch has grown into a key part of Apple's product portfolio. Along with the iPhone and iPad, it fills out the company's hardware ecosystem and helped Apple's broader wearables, home and accessories category generate more than $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,19,750 crores) last fiscal year.

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