The recently unveiled Apple Watch Series 8 is an overhaul that places an emphasis on speed and fitness.
For the first two iterations of the Apple Watch, rumors suggested a big overhaul. Instead, Apple improved the entire experience for 2022 by iterating on the current design.
The previous-generation Apple Watch Series 7 and the Apple Watch Series 8 might both be confused for one another. The edge-to-edge display, Digital Crown, speaker cutouts, and curved chassis are all the same.
Extra health capabilities
The new body temperature sensor didn’t require any modifications to the outward styling. It takes routine readings to track temperature trends using the skin contact of the already-installed sensor.
The temperature sensor on Apple Watch, like the other health sensors, isn’t intended to take the role of specialized medical apparatus. Instead, if a trend suggests a health problem, it will notify the user.
Women’s health was specifically emphasized by Apple in the announcement. It measures changes in wrist temperature during sleep by taking a sample every five seconds using two sensors: one under the display and one on the back of the watch, close to the skin.
Inside the Health app, users can see changes in the ambient temperature on a daily basis. These can be brought on by physical activity, illnesses, or even jet lag.
With the temperature sensor, women can get ovulation predictions, which is a useful function for family planning. Improved period forecasts are also made possible by temperature tracking, again found in the Health app.
The Cycle Tracking app provides a warning to indicate potential cycle abnormalities, such as irregular, infrequent, or lengthy periods and persistent spotting, with iOS 16 and watchOS 9. These can be signs of underlying medical issues.
With the use of an Apple Watch’s more potent gyroscope and accelerometer, a new emergency feature can now detect car accidents. Crash Detection employs inputs from the iPhone’s barometer, GPS, and microphone in addition to motion data to identify serious collisions.
After a 10-second countdown following a serious auto accident, it checks on the user and calls emergency personnel if they are not responsive. The user’s device location is transmitted to emergency personnel and shared with the user’s emergency contacts.
Up to 36 hours of battery life is possible with the new Low Power Mode on a single charge. It turns off some functionality, including the always-on display. Certain sensors and features, like the Always-On Retina display, workout autostart, heart health notifications, and others, are temporarily disabled or limited.
Instead of being exclusive to the Apple Watch Series 8, the feature is integrated into watchOS 9 and is usable with Apple Watch Series 4 and later.
The Apple Watch Series 8 provides users an all-day 18-hour battery life when Low Power Mode is not activated.
Apple Watch 8 Price and availability
Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and (PRODUCT)RED are among the available aluminum colors. Silver, Graphite, and Gold all adhere to stainless steel. It costs $499 for the cellular variant and $399 for GPS.
Orders for the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE is currently on, with delivery starting on Friday, September 16.