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Non-invasive blood sugar monitoring in Apple Watch Series 8 unlikely and may remain elusive in Apple wearables for years to come

Apple Watch fans will likely have a long wait before a non-invasive blood glucose monitor is part of the package. (Concept image: ios beta news)
Apple Watch fans will likely have a long wait before a non-invasive blood glucose monitor is part of the package. (Concept image: ios beta news)
The Apple Watch Series 8 is likely to miss out on various health functions according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, including the much-rumored non-invasive blood glucose monitor. Disappointingly, Gurman opines that it could be quite a few years before such a useful tool for diabetics could turn up in an Apple Watch.

There have been plenty of rumors suggesting that the Apple Watch Series 8 could sport a non-invasive blood sugar monitor; however, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has scotched those rumors in his latest Power On newsletter. According to the journalist, it could be “later in the second half of the decade” before a glucose monitor becomes part of the Apple Watch toolkit. This would mean a wait of at least three years and possibly more likely five years or more.

It’s not just blood glucose monitoring that won’t be coming to the Apple Watch Series 8 either. The same source states that talk about a body temperature sensor has “slowed down recently” and a blood pressure monitor is “two to three years away”. Considering these details, it seems likely that the Apple Watch Series 8 will only be a minor upgrade from the previous iteration of the popular smartwatch range.

There is a chance that further improvements to the sleep quality tracker will make their way on board the Apple Watch Series 8, though. The Apple Watch Series 7 already offers sleep tracking, along with a mindfulness tool and blood oxygen level sensor, but it has been reported that a future sleep monitor utility could also record patterns and alert the user in regard to sleep apnea (pauses in breathing during sleep).

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Bloomberg via 9To5Mac

Teaser image & video: ios beta news

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-01-10 (Update: 2022-01-10)