Little is known about the design of the Apple Watch Series 8 at this point, but it could look similar to the Apple Watch Series 7 as Apple just increased the display size with the Series 7 models and Apple usually sticks with a display size for a couple of years.
Display analyst Ross Young has suggested the Apple Watch Series 8 could perhaps come in three sizes instead of two, with Apple adding an even larger size that would join the 41 and 45mm size options.
Prior to the release of the Apple Watch Series 7, multiple rumors suggested Apple was working on a refreshed design with flat edges similar to the flat edges of the iPhone 13 and iPad Pro, but that didn’t end up happening.
Given the number of rumors that confirmed Apple was planning such a design, it could still be happening, but for the Series 8 rather than the Series 7. We still haven’t heard anything about the flat-edged design for the Series 8, so it could just be scrapped for now.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a version of the Apple Watch “with a rugged casing” that’s aimed at athletes, hikers, and others who use the watch in more extreme conditions than day to day wear. It will feature the same functionality as a standard Apple Watch, but with improved impact resistance and protection. Apple is expected to launch the rugged Apple Watch in 2022.
According to The Wall Street Journal and other sources, Apple is developing several new health features for future Apple Watch models. These include blood-pressure monitoring, a thermometer for fertility and sleep tracking, sleep apnea detection, and diabetes detection.
Some of these features could be introduced in the Apple Watch Series 8, but it is not clear if all of these sensors are ready so Apple could also hold the functionality until a later date.
Women’s health features, sleep updates, new fitness options, and medication management are all features that are set to launch prior to blood pressure and glucose monitoring, features not expected until 2025 or later.
A body temperature sensor could be added to the Apple Watch as soon as 2022, the temperature sensor would initially be used for fertility planning. In future versions of the Apple Watch, it could be used to determine if a user has a higher than normal body temperature, but it is unlikely to show an actual measurement.
Apple initially intended to put temperature monitoring in the Series 7, but was unable to get it to work accurately enough. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that if Apple has improved its algorithm enough, the series 8 could include the body temperature monitoring feature.
Skin temperature can vary based on the environment, and because a smart watch is unable to monitor core body temperature, it is difficult to get an accurate reading without the proper algorithm.
Apple is aiming to use the existing blood oxygen sensor to detect sleep apnea, but there are issues with taking frequent readings without significantly impacting battery life, so it’s not clear if this feature will make it to launch.
Apple is developing a crash detection feature for the iPhone and the Apple Watch, which could come out in 2022. It will use sensors like the accelerometer to detect car accidents when they occur by measuring a spike in gravitational force.
When a car crash is detected, the iPhone or the Apple Watch would automatically dial emergency services to get help. Since it’s planned for 2022, this could be a feature designed for the iPhone 14 models and the Apple Watch Series 8, though it’s not likely to be limited to those devices. It will be an expansion of the Fall Detection feature that’s in existing Apple Watch and iPhone models.
In watchOS 9, Apple is expanding atrial fibrillation detection to calculate “burden,” or how often a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation across a certain period of time.
According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, the Apple Watch Series 8 will include “major updates” to activity tracking. There is no word on what specifically might change.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to adopt a faster system-on-a-chip that will bring performance improvements. Apple did not make changes with the S7 chip, but the S8 chip is expected to gain some speed and efficiency improvements.
Apple has patented several interesting technologies that could potentially be used in future Apple Watch devices, such as a biometric authentication feature that authenticates identity based on the wearer’s skin pattern. Such a feature would eliminate the need for a passcode when wearing the Apple Watch.
Another patent describes a self-tightening Apple Watch band that would adjust during intensive activities like running or working out for accurate heart rate readings, and loosen up afterward. The tightening could also be used for directions, workout reps, and more.
A third patent describes an Apple Watch band with an LED indicator that would visualize the progress of an activity or task, providing a visual indicator when completing a workout or an Activity ring, for example.
Apple in December 2019 published a patent describing how the Apple Watch could help doctors monitor the symptoms of Parkinson’s patients using sensors to keep track of tremors. Apple believes this method of data tracking will allow users to better track their symptoms so they can plan activities around symptom patterns.
A 2020 pair of patents suggest Apple is researching Touch ID and an under-display camera for the Apple Watch. Apple describes a side button with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor that could be used for user identification and device unlocking. Currently, the Apple Watch unlocks with a passcode and also when the paired iPhone is unlocked.
As for an under-display camera, the patent describes a two-stage display technology that includes a camera that is externally visible only when engaged. In 2021, Apple outlined a radical redesign of the Apple Watch in a patent filing, featuring a rounded watch face, wrap-around flexible display, and digitally-customizable watch bands.
Apple has filed several other patents covering the possibility of moving hardware into the Apple Watch’s band, including batteries, speakers, kinetic power generators, haptic feedback devices, and even cameras.
There’s no word on whether these patented features will make it into an actual Apple Watch in the future, but it’s interesting to see what Apple is working on and considering behind the scenes.
watchOS 8 helps you stay connected, active, and healthy like never before. Share your favorite memories with the enhanced Photos app. Put more fun into your texts. Find new ways to center yourself and be present. And that’s just the start.
watchOS 8 makes staying connected with the people and things you care about easier than ever. See your photos, control your home, start your car, and even access your ID in powerful new ways — all from your wrist.1
Put your favorite photos of friends and family front and center. Featuring a dynamic, multilayered effect, this new watch face uses Portrait mode photos from your iPhone to give the people you care about a starring role.
Photo highlights from your Memories and Featured Photos now automatically sync to your watch, serving up something new every day.
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The photo collection from your Memories is displayed in a unique mosaic grid, giving you a richer view of your library.
With a few taps, now you can share photos via Messages and Mail.
When one of your smart devices is activated, watchOS 8 can automatically make suggestions for others nearby. For instance, if someone rings your connected doorbell, you might see options like unlocking the door or turning on the entry lights.
Access all your security cameras in the new Camera room. A variety of aspect ratios are supported, as is two‑way audio on cameras that offer it. To see a full‑screen view, just tap.
Now you can access your scenes more quickly. watchOS 8 knows which ones you’re most likely to use based on the time of day — then serves them up intuitively.
The current status of all your devices is now conveniently displayed at the top of the Home app screen. Instantly see if your lights or cameras are on, whether your batteries are charged, or if your software needs updating.
Now you can store a digital key to your home right in the Wallet app on your watch, so you’re never without it. Home key will work with a variety of popular lock brands, and allow you to open multiple locks with a single key.2
Thanks to the Ultra Wideband technology in Apple Watch Series 7, your digital car key recognizes you as you approach your vehicle. Unlock the door, activate the alarm, or access climate controls — all from a distance.3
Now you can safely share a digital key with family, guests, or even a contractor. Share it once, or multiple times.
In select states, now you can have a digital ID to present to the TSA at airport checkpoints. Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet take full advantage of the privacy and security built into Apple Watch.4
To correct errors in dictation, use the Digital Crown to scroll precisely to the spot in a message you want to edit.
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Spice up your messages by entering a word or phrase to select from a huge library of GIFs.
Share songs, albums, and playlists through Messages and Mail with the redesigned Music app.
Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate, allowing only the notifications you want. Choose from suggested Focus options like Mindfulness or Fitness, or create your own. Any Focus you set syncs across your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Stepping away is easier if others know you’re busy. So when you’re using Focus, your status will be automatically displayed in Messages. And for truly urgent messages there’s still a way for people to notify you.
Now more than ever, good health means not just exercising your body, but also clearing your mind. New features in watchOS 8 bring a holistic approach to health and fitness. So in addition to feeling the burn, you can also feed the soul.
The popular Breathe app has been reimagined, expanded, and renamed Mindfulness.
To help you be more mindful in your everyday life, the new Reflect feature asks you to focus on a short, thought-provoking theme. A beautiful animation helps you visualize as a minute passes.
The Breathe feature has been refreshed with new visualizations and tips that help you focus, center, and connect as you breathe.
Breathe and Reflect sessions end with a summary of total Mindful Minutes you’ve achieved, along with your average heart rate — to reinforce your mind-body connection.
By calculating your breaths per minute as you slumber — also known as sleeping respiratory rate — Apple Watch gives you greater insight into your overall wellness.5
See all your Sleep data and trends over time in the Health app on iOS. Along with Sleep, you can now track trends for even more health metrics to better see changes in your health over time.
If you take a hard fall during a workout, your watch will call for
Apple Watch now detects when you’re riding a bike and prompts you to start a cycling workout. It can also automatically pause and start again when you take a break. If you’re riding an e-bike, you’ll now get more accurate calculations of calories burned. And voice feedback can help you safely track your milestones via speaker, AirPods, or Bluetooth headphones.
Now there’s a workout for Pilates. A custom algorithm tracks your metrics as you develop greater core strength, posture, balance, and flexibility with this series of controlled, progressive exercises. This fall, Pilates comes to Apple Fitness+ too.
See all your metrics as you clear your mind and reduce stress with Tai Chi, the 2000-year-old practice that’s like meditation in motion.
Every week, Fitness+ brings you new guided meditations to help you improve your overall wellbeing. View them on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Or listen on your Apple Watch.8
Now you can work out with up to 32 of your friends. Cheer each other on or talk smack face to face. And get notified when someone closes an Activity ring or moves ahead of the pack, so everyone can celebrate.9
Locate misplaced Apple devices with Find Devices — and never let your AirPods go missing again.
Transit cards for certain regions are now supported, so family members can easily use public transportation. Google Calendar and Mail accounts are also supported. And hiking workout metrics are now validated for kids.
Now people who are limb different can use Apple Watch. Built-in motion sensors help answer calls, control an onscreen pointer, and even launch a menu of actions — all through hand gestures.
The Always‑On display allows you see your watch face without raising your wrist or waking your watch. And now it works with lots of additional apps, including Alarms, Maps, Stopwatch, and your favorite third-party apps.
No more searching for someone’s email address or phone number. Now you can quickly browse, add, or edit contacts right on your watch.
See real‑time headphone audio levels in Control Center when you’re listening to media — just like on iPhone and iPad.
The Weather app on Apple Watch now supports severe weather notifications. Get next-hour precipitation alerts and see rain intensity too.
One for the rice. Another for the veggies. And, of course, don’t forget about what’s on the grill. Start several timers simultaneously and use Siri to give each one a label.