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It plans to update the leading Apple Watch, the cheaper Apple Watch SE successor, and a new version of extreme sports athletes.
Apple had postponed the body temperature sensor to the 2022 update. The blood-sugar sensor also got delayed for several more years.
Apple tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique for the 2021 model that brought the display closer to the front cover. It will include updated ultra-wideband functionality that was responsible for operating the Apple AirTag item finder.
Apple recently previewed the upcoming watchOS 8 software update to let the device unlock doors and hotel rooms.
Luxshare Precision Industry Co. is the primary assembler for the leading Apple Watch. Foxconn Technology Co Ltd (OTC: FXCOF) shares some of the orders apart from sharing the Apple Watch SE assembly with Taiwan’s Compal Electronics Inc (OTC: CMPCY) (OTC: CMPFF).
The addition of the body temperature measurement functionality to the watch via small digital thermometers that plug into a smartphone’s charging port could intensify competition with smartwatches, and fitness bands, including Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), owned Fitbit.
Apple is also aiming for a non-invasive solution to analyze blood sugar through the skin.
Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad helped produce revenue over $30 billion under Apple’s broader wearables, home, and accessories category in FY20.
Price action: AAPL shares traded higher by 0.42% at $127.88 in the premarket session on the last check Monday.
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