Apple announced the eighth generation of its signature smart watch, the Apple Watch. The company did not change the design, but added body temperature measurement, car accident detection, and added an extreme power-saving mode.
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The Apple Watch Series 8 added a body temperature sensor, which will be available in "Cycle Tracking" mode. During the presentation, it was noted that body temperature data helps better track women's health and predict ovulation and changes in hormone levels. The sensor takes readings every 5 seconds with an accuracy of 0.1° Celsius. A history of changes is available in the Health app. The company said all data is protected by end-to-end encryption.
The company also added a mode that detects car accidents. If the user is in an accident and doesn't move for a while, the watch will first beep and ask to press a button. If the user doesn't respond, the watch will notify the emergency services on its own. Especially for this function, Apple has improved the accelerometer and gyroscope. At the presentation, it was reported that the watch will recognize frontal and side collisions, as well as rollovers of the car.
On a single charge Apple Watch Series 8 can work up to 18 hours. At the same time, the company introduced Low Power Mode, which extends the life up to 36 hours. The mode disables Always On Display, automatic workout recognition and other background auxiliary processes. Low Power Mode will be part of watchOS 9 and will be available on all watches starting with Apple Watch Series 4.
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The Apple Watch Series 8 will go on sale Sept. 16. The Wi-Fi version will cost $399 and the LTE version will cost $499. Along with that, the company introduced the budget Apple Watch SE 2 and the secure Apple Watch Ultra.