Apple Watch Series 8 has a temperature sensor and crash detection

As is tradition, Apple pulls off the cover of a new Apple Watch at its September event. Rumors have suggested that the Apple Watch Series 8 would be a mostly iterative update of last year’s model, and that seems to be the case so far: it looks essentially identical to the Series 7.

The first major innovation is a temperature sensor, which Apple links to women’s health. It uses readings to estimate when you might ovulate. Intended for overnight use, it takes your wrist temperature every five seconds so you can see any nighttime deviations from your baseline temperature. This works for everyone, but for people who are ovulating, it helps indicate where they are in their cycle. You will also receive notifications of possible deviations from your norm.

There’s also a new safety feature called Crash Detection. Just as current watches can detect a fall, the Series 8 can detect car crashes thanks to two new accelerometers. It works with the other sensors already included in the Apple Watch to detect four different types of crashes, including rollovers, frontal impacts, rear impacts and side impacts.

Apple says the Series 8 has the same 18-hour battery life, but there’s a new power saving mode that can give you up to 36 hours on a full charge. It retains many of the core features like activity tracking and fall detection while also turning off things like the always-on display. Anyone who knows they’ll be away from a charger for a long time should appreciate this feature, and it’ll come to older watch models starting with the 4 Series as well.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is available in four aluminum colors (silver, a black midnight blue, a gold starlight, and red) as well as three stainless steel finishes — it looks like the titanium models are being saved for the Apple Watch Pro, which we’ll probably hear about in a moment will hear. The GPS-only model starts at $399, while the cellular models start at $499. All will be available on September 16th.

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