Apple’s next-generation smartwatches may include blood pressure sensors and a thermometer to help plan fertility
- Apple is reportedly looking for a blood pressure sensor on its smartwatch
- The company is also said to be working on a thermometer to aid in fertility planning
- Apple wants to measure the speed of the heartbeat wave that travels through a person’s veins using sensors
- But neither health-related feature will be released until 2022 at the earliest
- The seventh version of the Apple Watch is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks
Apple Watches could include a blood pressure sensor and a fertility tool starting next year, as part of a suite of new health-related features the tech giant would be working on.
Leaked documents also show that the company wants to improve the way its smartwatches track sleep patterns and monitor irregular heartbeats.
It’s expected to release its seventh version of the Apple Watch in the coming weeks, reportedly with a larger screen and new flat bezel design, but most of the more advanced health features aren’t expected until 2022 at the earliest.
Apple Watches may include a blood pressure sensor and fertility tool starting next year, as part of a suite of new health-related features. Pictured is an Apple Watch Series 6
In addition, Apple wants its watches to detect sleep apnea, provide medical guidance when they detect low blood oxygen levels, and even recognize diabetes one day, according to people close to the company who spoke to the company. Wall Street Journal.
According to The Journal, Apple is looking at a proxy that measures the speed of a heartbeat wave traveling through a person’s veins using sensors in the watch.
Currently, blood pressure is usually measured through inflatable cuffs around a person’s arm.
However, they cautioned that many features under review could be delayed or never rolled out to customers.
One of Apple’s reported goals is for its watch to measure a person’s temperature next year, which could also be used for fertility planning by giving women clues about where they are in their ovulation cycle, a source said.
MailOnline has reached out to Apple for a comment, but the company has yet to respond.
The tech giant is increasingly positioning the Apple Watch as a wellness tool: SCC filings, first reported in May 2021, suggested the company offered UK-based Rockley Photonics to develop non-invasive sensors that monitor blood pressure, blood sugar and other biochemicals. markers can measure .
The Apple Watch 6 was the first to read oxygen levels in the blood, but if the new technology is applied in future models, it could affect the more than 436 million people living with diabetes worldwide.
The Apple Watch 6 (pictured) was the first to read oxygen levels in the blood. But future models could include a thermometer to aid in fertility planning and a blood pressure measuring device
Rockley Photonics products non-invasively track various health functions with infrared, including body temperature, blood pressure, and blood glucose, alcohol and oxygen levels.
Apple CEO Tim Cook personally tested a blood glucose tracker in 2017, and it was rumored that such a monitor would ship with the Apple Watch Series 7 next month.
However, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman said these weren’t true and that it probably won’t arrive until 2022 at the earliest, in the form of a body temperature gauge. He also said the latest model would not include a blood pressure sensor.
In the latest edition of his Power On NewsletterGurman said the Series 7 will come with a variety of new watch faces to complement the larger screen.
“While last year’s upgrade focused on the blood oxygen sensor, this year’s… [upgrade] revolves around a new design with a flatter screen and bezels, a faster processor and slightly larger screens,” he wrote.
“I’m told that Apple will bundle several new watch faces to take advantage of the larger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular watch face.”
The suggested new design will bring the watch in line with the latest iPhones, which swapped out curved edges for flat ones.
Gurman confirmed that the Series 7 will be available in sizes 41 and 45 millimeters, up from 40 and 44 millimeters for the Series 6.
Details about the Apple Watch 7 are expected to be formally announced along with the iPhone 13 at the company’s September event, which could take place as early as September 8.
HAVE APPLE WATCHES EVER REALLY SAVED LIVES?
In 2018, a Michigan woman saved her drowning husband’s life by calling 911 on her Apple Watch. But that’s not the first time the wearable has helped owners in dire circumstances.
In April 2017, Casey Bennett of Laytonsville, Maryland, was driving home from school when he was hit by another vehicle, sending him and his Jeep Patriot flying through the air.
A 28-year-old was able to receive life-saving treatment for a pulmonary embolism because his Apple Watch detected a sudden rise in his heart rate
Bennett, 22, found himself hanging only by his seat belt in the driver’s seat, with his iPhone too far out of reach to call for help.
However, he recalled that his Apple Watch had an emergency SOS feature and held down the side button to contact the rescuer, who arrived within six minutes.
Many wearers use the Apple Watch’s heart monitoring capabilities to detect heart problems early.
James Green, 32, said in 2017 that his timepiece notified him of a sudden rise in his heart rate, a sign of a possible pulmonary embolism.
Having had a life-threatening blood clot before, Green ran to the hospital, where doctors found a new blood clot in his lungs that could have killed him in minutes if left untreated.
He says the only reason he lives alone is because of that report.
‘Never thought a stupid lil [sic] wrist computer I bought two years ago would save my life,” Green tweeted. “I saw my heart rate go up, it ended up being a pulmonary embolism.”