Apple Series 8 Watch Debuts With Temp. Sensor, Crash Detection


Apple Watch Series 8 in stainless steel gold floating above the new Apple Watch SE.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is the newest wearable device from Apple. This highly anticipated device debuted with groundbreaking technology at the Apple Event held at its facility at Apple Park. Apple Watch Series 8 delivers best-in-class health features, as it adds a new temperature sensor and “takes its commitment to women’s health even further.” Two new motion sensors are also part of the Series 8 to help it determine whether or not you’ve been in a serious auto accident.

iPhone 14 Pro paired with Apple Watch Series 8 to demonstrate the ovulation estimate feature.

Apple claims the Series 8  can monitor temperature changes as little as 0.1 degrees Celsius while continuously monitoring your temperature every 5 seconds. According to the company,  for women menstruating,  monitoring your body temperature over the course of an entire night can give insights into the ovulation cycle, which can be utilized to improve the cycle tracking functionality of the watch. Following cycle tracking of the repeal of  Roe v. Wade, the company claims that this data is encrypted on the watch itself, which is an important factor for anyone tracking their periods. Anyone using the Cycle Tracking feature will receive a warning if their cycle is irregular, which might be an indication of “underlying health conditions.”

The Crash Detection countdown for emergency contact notification after a crash.

The crash detection function won’t activate unless you’re driving, this was added in a bid to preserve the watch’s 18-hour battery life. Additionally, Apple is offering a low-power mode that increases the battery life of the watch to 36 hours. As long as they are running watchOS 9, older watches starting with the Series 4 will also get the feature. When the mode is enabled, the auto-workout tracking and always-on display are disabled, but activity tracking and crash detection are retained. Cellular roaming is also coming to the Series and older watch versions.

The new Apple Watch Series 8 in starlight aluminum.

The Series 7 which debuted last year had a slightly updated design with a bigger screen than earlier models (but eventually did not, as rumours suggested, rather users were introduced to a radically new look with flat sides). Only a few additional features, such as quicker charging, higher durability, and some new colours, were included in addition to the redesign. The stainless steel version is offered in three colours: silver, gold, and graphite, while the Series 8 aluminium comes in four hues: midnight, starlight, silver, and red.

If you look closely at the smartwatch space, you’ll realize already that a ton of competition exists for the Apple Watch Series 8. The Sense 2, Inspire 3, and Versa 4 smartwatches from Fitbit, which span a variety of pricing ranges, have recently been revamped. Reviewers have scored the newest line of smartwatches from Garmin with high marks. Even while Samsung’s Galaxy Watch and the impending Pixel Watch aren’t truly in a competition for iPhone owners’ wrists, it’s always intriguing to see how Apple’s wearable compares against the top Android devices.

The Apple Series 8 comes in 2 models, the GPS model will cost $399, the cellular model will cost $499 and both will be available for sale starting September 16th.

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