Apple’s Next Watch May Have Blood Pressure Monitoring & Fertility Tracking
According to the "Wall Street Journal" report, Apple's next watch may have a blood pressure monitoring function and a thermometer to help make birth plans.
Although these features seem to appear in the near future, documents show that the tech giant has broader ambitions for its smartwatch. According to an article in the "Wall Street Journal", future Apple smartwatches may be able to detect sleep apnea, provide medical guidance when low blood oxygen levels are detected, and perhaps one day, discover diabetes.
According to reports, Apple hopes to develop a sensor that can act as a blood pressure cuff agent without squeezing the wrist. The company has been working on this feature for a long time.
If these plans are realized, this represents another step forward in Apple's healthcare field. The Cupertino-based technology giant made headlines in 2018 when its smartwatch with an electrocardiogram reader was approved by the FDA's De Novo.
Since then, the company has continued to add health features to its smart watches. In December last year, MobiHealth reported that Apple was adding VO2 Max to its smartwatches, as well as a new ECG function to detect atrial fibrillation.
Apple's entry into the femtech field is not new. Apple collaborated with Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health on the Apple Women’s Health Study, which aims to learn more about women’s menstrual periods in terms of demographics and lifestyle.
Other wearable device manufacturers are also studying these features. For example, Fitbit has added skin temperature and an FDA-approved ECG application to the company's Sense smartwatch to detect AFib.
Fitbit is also studying the ability of its smartwatch to measure blood pressure using pulse arrival time, which measures the time it takes for blood to reach the wrist after a person's heartbeat.
Samsung is another company that is experimenting with health features on its smart watches. Samsung is using optical heart rate sensors for blood pressure monitoring.