New Apple Watch Series 7 prototype leak reveals body temperature sensors

New leaked photos of an Apple Watch prototype on Twitter suggest that Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch is going to feature new health sensors.

The next-gen Apple Watch will feature body temperature sensors. These special sensors appear to have been placed on the top part above the group of LED sensors and will monitor body temperature according to the leaker.

There is no change in the configuration of the infrared sensors and the photodiode sensors based on appearance. The prototype shows four infrared sensors and the usual green, red, and infrared LED clusters.

Although there were rumors earlier this year that Apple Watch and the next Samsung Galaxy 4 watch could feature advanced spectrometry to assist with blood glucose monitoring, recent reports from Bloomberg have established that we are years away from any meaningful glucose monitoring on the smartwatch.

The addition of body temperature sensors is not that big of a deal. There are many smartwatches out there that feature body temperature sensors, including the latest Fitbit Sense. The temperature sensor in the case of Fitbit has been used with its Stress monitoring functions.

This could imply that Apple’s upcoming watch may feature some new stress monitoring capabilities.Apple Watch Series 7 temp sensors

The other changes noticed by the leaker are around the mechanism of the Apple Watch strap attachment. It appears to have changed in the new watch.

It’s hard to tell if these new leaked prototype images are “real.” Nevertheless, the addition of a body temperature sensor does not require any regulatory approval, so it is very much possible that this feature has been incorporated into the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7.

Either way, it’s another three months more before we can find out all the details surrounding the next Apple Watch.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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