Apple Watch 10 to Feature Blood Pressure Measurement; Blood Sugar Monitoring on the Horizon
Apple is set to revolutionize health monitoring once again with the upcoming release of the Apple Watch 10, as reports suggest that the smartwatch will include a blood pressure measurement feature as early as next year. This news comes alongside revelations that blood sugar measurement was originally planned for the inaugural Apple Watch.
A recent report from Bloomberg provides a fascinating glimpse into the development of the Apple Watch. In 2011, Apple initiated the creation of a non-invasive blood glucose sensor, driven by a directive from co-founder Steve Jobs. To maintain secrecy around the project, the sensor’s development was conducted under a subsidiary known as Avalonte. Even during job interviews, potential employees were not informed about the specific nature of their work.
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While the blood glucose sensor was initially envisioned as a centerpiece for the first-generation Apple Watch, technical challenges have prevented its implementation thus far. The current prototype remains too large for integration into a smartwatch. The Avalonte sensor employs short-wave infrared absorption spectroscopy, utilizing lasers to penetrate the skin and analyze the interstitial fluid between blood vessels. This method provides insights into blood sugar levels. Market readiness for this sensor is anticipated to be several years away.
Nevertheless, Apple enthusiasts need not despair, as the company is poised to introduce new health features in the near future. Building on the foundation of the heart rate sensor in the inaugural Apple Watch, subsequent iterations have incorporated a SpO2 sensor, an electrocardiogram (ECG), and a skin temperature sensor. The next-generation Apple Watch, slated for release next year, will further expand its health capabilities to include blood pressure measurement.
It’s worth noting that while the blood pressure sensor on the Apple Watch is a welcome addition, it may not offer the same level of precision as competitors like the Xiaomi Watch H1 or the Huawei Watch D. Instead of delivering exact measurements, the Apple Watch is designed to provide users with trends indicating whether blood pressure is rising or falling over time, along with alerts for high blood pressure.
Apple is actively developing a more precise sensor, but its availability is not expected for several years. In addition to blood pressure monitoring, the next-gen Apple Watch is also projected to incorporate sleep apnea detection, a feature akin to the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6.
As Apple continues to push the boundaries of health technology, the upcoming Apple Watch 10 promises to deliver cutting-edge advancements in monitoring and improving user well-being. Keep an eye out for further updates as the release date approaches.