The smooth evolution of the Apple Watch 8

We had high expectations for the Apple Watch Series 8, the new version of the best-selling connected watch in the world. But for this series, Apple preferred to play it with finesse. It is therefore not a revolution, but a simple development of the previous model, whose essential technical characteristics remain in use. The few additions to this new model may even go completely unnoticed by some users. The most important part of the new features is to be found on the side of WatchOS 9, the mobile operating system that powers the watch. And again, this system is not reserved for Series 8. Even those who have an earlier Apple Watch (from Series 4) can install it.

Nevertheless, the Apple Watch Series 8 remains a safe bet. Provided, however, as usual, that you also have an iPhone. The Apple company still does not offer compatibility of any kind with the Android system.

Anyone hoping for a new look for the 2022 Apple Watch got away with it. The watch still has a rectangular format and a curved screen at the edges. Available in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, like its Series 7 sibling, the Apple Watch Series 8 still comes in multiple colors with an aluminum or stainless steel finish.

The two finishes are also distinguished by the quality of the glass that covers the screen. The aluminum models (the cheapest) have to make do with an Ion-X crystal, while the steel models benefit from a sapphire crystal. A criterion to consider as sapphire is less likely to scratch. The watch is thus better equipped to withstand the test of time. Nevertheless, whatever material is chosen, the finish remains impeccable. The screen impresses above all with its size and excellent readability, regardless of the lighting conditions. It allows you to easily reply to text messages using the keyboard, which, although the keys are small, remain perfectly usable. But it is above all its sensors that impress with their precision. Heart rate monitoring remains on top and GPS tracking remains very accurate and valuable for tracking jogs or walks.

Two new mods

In addition to these proven sensors on previous versions of the watch, two new modules have been added this year. The first is a body and ambient temperature sensor. However, don’t expect to monitor your temperature hour by hour if you’re not feeling well. These modules are primarily intended for women to monitor their ovulation cycles. One is located at the bottom of the case, the other under the screen. They analyze the temperature every 5 seconds (with an accuracy of 1 ° C) during the night, the most favorable time according to Apple to establish reliable measurements. But they do not deliver the temperature in real time. The information collected is of course encrypted on the device and on iCloud. Please note that the collected data is not immediately available. You must wear the watch for five consecutive nights and then wait for two cycles to follow to establish relevant readings.

The other sensor is used to detect car accidents. Where previous Apple Watches were already able to detect accidental falls, the Series 8 pushes the envelope further by applying the same principle. The watch thus embeds an improved accelerometer, which, supported by the motion sensors and the device’s microphones, makes it possible to detect accidents, to alert the emergency services and to send your position.

A slight increase in autonomy

If there’s one area where the Apple Watch has always excelled, it’s autonomy. This Series 8 performs slightly better than its predecessor. You can therefore use the watch for 27 hours in a row without going through the charging box. The energy-saving mode brought by WatchOS 9 allows it to push the autonomy to 35 hours. In this case, the “Always on” screen is disabled, as is heart rate monitoring.

A big improvement, but Apple still has some work to do in light of a few other connected watches on the market that can last more than 7 days without sacrificing key features. As for charging, the Apple Watch Series 8 remains shipped with a MagSafe cable (without a charger). It would take a little over an hour and a half to charge from 0 to 100%.

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We had high expectations for the Apple Watch Series 8, the new version of the best-selling connected watch in the world. But for this series, Apple preferred to play it with finesse. It is therefore not a revolution, but a simple development of the previous model, whose essential technical characteristics remain in use. The few additions to…

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