Apple Watch Series 8: Latest rumors and speculation

Here's what might be in store for the next Apple Watch launch
Apple Watch Series 8: Rumors and speculation
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Death, taxes and an Apple Watch Series 8 in September – perhaps the few certainties in this era of the new perma-crisis.

While Apple never tells us another Watch is coming, we think it's pretty safe to assume that a new Apple Watch will likely land in September 2022, just as it's done for the previous seven years.

Naming convention suggests it'll be the Apple Watch Series 8, but Apple could always spring a surprise and change things up. And we could also see a new Apple Watch Pro and Apple Watch SE 2.

The Apple Watch Series 7 saw Apple switch things up with new case sizes and larger screens. But much of what was rumored about the Series 7 didn't come to fruition .

We've already been keeping a close eye on the biggest rumors and speculation to get a sense of what the new Apple Watch Series 8 could be packing.

Rumor 1: Rugged Apple Watch Pro

The Apple Watch gets rugged

Rumor of a rugged Apple Watch actually emerged before the launch of the Series 7 in 2021 via Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, who has a great track record with Apple rumors and news.

It could be called the Apple Watch Extreme, or Apple Watch Pro. Or anything else for that matter.

He still believes a rugged Watch is still on the cards for 2022, and could launch alongside Series 8 and Watch SE 2 watches.

The new rugged Apple Watch is tipped to be for extreme sports, increasing scratch resistance, and we imagine it'll likely have to ramp up the water rating beyond the WR50.

There's also new talk of a big increase in the battery life, which could reach multiple days for the first time.

Gurman also believes that the Apple Watch Extreme will increase the screen size to 2-inch, and have a sturdier design.

Wareable rumor rating: This rumor has really taken a life of its own – and we think a beefier Apple Watch could make an appearance.

Rumor 2: Taking your temperature

Apple Watch Series 8: Latest rumors and speculation

Another rumor that emerged pre-Apple Watch Series 7 launch, again from Mark Gurman, claimed that a body temperature sensor was meant to be included in last year's Watch.

Gurman then said it would feature in a Watch in 2022.

And Gurman doubled down on that in April 2022, and revealed that the sensor would primarily be used for fertility tracking, although it would not be extended to offering body temperature readings.

We've started to see body and skin temperature sensors appear in a range of wearables including the Fitbit Sense, the Oura Ring 3 and the Whoop 4.0.

It's also appeared in watches from Huawei, Mobvoi and Amazfit too.

A reliable temperature sensor can offer insights into cold or illness – and can be a game changer for understanding menstrual cycles and fertility tracking. The latter would be a brilliant addition to the Apple Watch – and it doesn't feel too far stretched.

We've seen in the past that Apple will hold back on features until it feels the sensor can be used reliably. The most recent comments by Gurman suggests that might be the case here, but it also feels like a natural evolution that could benefit a large section of the Apple Watch user base.

We'd love to see this metric given the Apple treatment, given how poorly temperature tracking has been implemented on rivals.

Wareable rumor rating: It feels like a no-brainer to us.

Rumor 3: Glucose tracking and blood pressure

Glucose tracking in testing

If Apple manages to pull this one off it would herald a pretty major breakthrough for a smartwatch for both health monitoring and fitness reasons.

In late 2021, there was chatter via a report on DigiTimes that Apple had started testing non-nvasive blood glucose tracking for use on future Watches.

That report suggests tech outfits Ennostar and Taiwan Asia Semiconductor are developing the technology to enable those non-invasive tracking capabilities, which revolves around infrared sensors that will apparently use "wavelengths above 1,000 nm" and a photodiode to interpret blood glucose levels.

But Mark Gurman at Bloomberg has poured water on any hopes for these features to land on Series 8 – and probably Series 9 as well.

According to his sources we'll be waiting until 2024 for blood pressure sensing (Series 10) – and there's no ETA at all for blood glucose.

We know that Apple has been filing glucose patents for a while now and has been linked to Rockley Photonics, a sensor company, that's developed a reference platform that it says is capable of non-invasively tracking 'glucose trends' with similar sensor technology.

Again, testing doesn't necessarily mean it's going to make the Watch cut, but if it does, it would be huge.

Wareable rumor rating: It feels too early for glucose tracking to land – even if it is in testing. But blood pressure could be far more realistic.

Wareable rumor rating: No chance

Rumor 4: Car crash detection

Apple Watch Series 8: Latest rumors and speculation

It seems we see stories on an almost regular basis of the Apple Watch coming to the rescue for wearers, whether it's helped raise the alarm for someone that's had a fall or pointed to the signs of a potentially serious heart health issue.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is seeking to offer more ways its Watch could prove valuable in a potentially life-threatening scenario.

A report by Rolfe Winkler in late 2021, suggests that the publication has seen documents and spoken to people familiar with a car crash detection feature that seems to be an evolution of its existing fall detection feature, which will be rolled out for iPhones and the Apple Watch.

Apparently, the feature would use the accelerometer motion sensor already baked into the Watch to measure a sudden spike in G-Force.

Apple has already been testing the feature, collecting data shared anonymously and it has already detected more than 10 million suspected vehicle impacts.

It's said to have made use of 911 call data tied to incidents to improve the algorithm and accuracy of the feature to make sure it reliably identifies when a crash takes place.

The report also suggests that Apple could choose not to release it, and we're sure that with a feature that could prove a life-saving one, it will want to make sure there's no margin for error in how it works on its Watches.

Wareable rumor rating: Apple's been busy on its Fall Detection tech, so this does seem likely.

Rumor 5: Enhanced Afib

Apple Watch Series 8: Latest rumors and speculation

We had improvements to Afib detection pegged for launch on the Series 8 – but they have already landed as part of watchOS 9. That means that the feature, which will automatically search for Afib events, will also land on older Apple Watch models too.

In his April 2022 report, Mark Gurman alleges the Series 8 will “calculate what is known as 'burden,' or how often a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation across a certain period.”

We know that's the case – but it's designed for diagnosed sufferers to track Afib events – rather than help people discover the condition, or prompt people to get checked out by a doctor.

That's at odds with the continuous ECG technology that Fitbit has just released.

So we could see an expansion of this idea with the Series 8 – and we think that screening for Afib among suffers feels like the natural destination for the Apple Watch.

Wareable rumor rating: We think some expansion of health features is likely.