Bloomberg’s Gurman doubles down on his Apple Watch Series 8 forecast
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman repeated his Apple Watch Series 8 predictions in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter. He says, “I think this year will be the biggest in the history of the Apple Watch since the original model.” He might feel that way because he expects three different models of the timepiece to be released this year.
Apple isn’t expected to add any new health features to the 2022 Apple Watch models
He is looking for the Apple Watch Series 8, the Apple Watch SE, and an Apple Watch that focuses on extreme sports. Gurman doesn’t expect the Apple Watch 8 to include any new health sensors this year, so those who were hoping for the timepiece to feature a non-invasive blood glucose reader will have to wait for at least another year. This feature would allow insulin-dependent diabetics to test their glucose levels to help them figure out how much insulin they need to inject before a meal.
Diabetics currently have to draw blood, dab it on an expensive test strip, and insert it in a glucometer to find out their blood sugar level.
This is a painful and expensive test that is usually performed three to four times a day. It is an important test because if a diabetic takes too much insulin, they can pass out and go into a coma. But Gurman says that this sensor will not arrive this year. Apple’s goal is to have a sensor compute the wearer’s blood sugar without having to draw blood or use expensive test strips that are used once and then discarded
Originally released in September 2017, the Series 3 Apple Watch has hung around as a low-price alternative for Apple Watch fans. We know what you’re thinking. Why keep the Apple Watch Series 3 around when the Apple Watch SE is a valid low-priced option. Well, the former, starting at $199, is a lower-priced low-price option than the SE which starts at $279.
WWDC could be a virtual event for the third straight year
A $199 iPhone SE might be a nuclear attack on Android and while the device cost Apple approximately $200 to build the original SE, the price of parts might have come down since then. And even if Apple loses a little money on the hardware, it can more than make up the difference by selling services to buyers.