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Apple Plans Faster Watch, Future Temperature and Glucose Sensors

  • Updated screens and performance this year, new functions later
  • New entry-level and extreme sports models planned for 2022
A customer tries on an Apple watch at a store in Palo Alto, California.
A customer tries on an Apple watch at a store in Palo Alto, California.Photographer: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is working on new Apple Watch models and health features, spanning display and speed upgrades, an extreme sports edition and body temperature and blood sugar sensors.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is planning to refresh the line this year -- with a model likely dubbed the Apple Watch Series 7 -- by adding a faster processor, improved wireless connectivity and an updated screen, according to people with knowledge of the plans. Next year the company plans to update the main Apple Watch alongside a successor for the lower-end Apple Watch SE and a new version targeting extreme sports athletes.