New Apple watch can tell you when you're ovulating and help 'spot' health conditions
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Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 8 today (7 September), and it has some snazzy health features.
Apple COO Jeff Williams explained at the event - which was held on the company’s campus - that the Series 8 can estimate when the wearer has ovulated.
Aside from making it easier for users to track their menstrual cycle, new temperature sensors also enable wearers to track their health with ease throughout ovulation.
The sensors help chart the wearer’s night-time wrist temperature, which is an overall indicator of body temperature, and body heat is sampled every five seconds throughout the night.
Nightly shifts in your body’s baseline temperature can then be monitored in the Health app, making it easier to see the effects of factors like jet lag.
Apple also promised more detailed menstrual cycle tracking, meaning wearers will know if they deviate from their typical cycle.
Williams assured tech heads that the device had been designed with safety in mind, and all health data can only be shared with permission from the wearer.
Other new safety features introduced include car crash detection that’s powered by two motion sensors.
If the wearer is in an accident, the Series 8 will know and automatically call the emergency services.
The sensors allow the watch to determine the precise moment of impact and Apple revealed it had closely studied collision data to make the Series 8 is as effective as possible.
Prices for the watch start at $399 and the Apple Watch Series 8 will be available from 16 September onwards.
The brand also announced Apple Watch Ultra, housed in an aerospace-grade titanium case and designed to be a durable gadget for those going through extreme conditions.
The Ultra is still lightweight, though, and is packing the biggest and brightest display of any Apple watch to date.
Mobile connectivity is built in, and a new ‘action button’ allows wearers quick access to a range of functions.
A single charge will also give you 36 hours of battery and the Ultra even has a new optimisation setting that provides 60 hours of extended battery life.
If you do find yourself lost in the wilderness, the Ultra has a feature called Waypoint that lets the wearer add key location pinpoints like a signpost or campsite.
Another new feature, Backtrack, also uses GPS data to enable the wearer to easily retrace their steps.
But niftiest of all, the Ultra contains a built-in 86dB siren that can be heard up to 600 feet away.