Future Versions of Apple Watch to Include Additional Sensors, 'Richer Health Features'

Future versions of the Apple Watch will include "richer health features and additional sensors," according to a new report from Reuters. Though the Apple Watch was only unveiled on Tuesday, the site says that some healthcare professionals who were hoping for "groundbreaking health features" were left disappointed with the watch's fitness capabilities.
Observers say there is little evidence for now that the device's fitness capabilities surpass the competition. Others, hoping for groundbreaking health features from a company whose Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook spoke of how sensors are "set to explode," were left wondering what's in store for the product.

Two people familiar with Apple's plans told Reuters the company is planning to unveil richer health features and additional sensors in later versions, the first iteration not hitting the market until early 2015.
Apple Watch rumors had initially suggested the device would come with more than 10 sensors to track various health and fitness metrics, with Apple aiming to go beyond the fitness tracking capabilities of smart watches currently on the market.

Early speculation about the device was linked to the Health app and Apple's health-related hires, with rumors pointing towards features like sleep tracking, glucose monitoring, and hydration tracking, but those functions did not make it into the device.

Instead, Apple's Watch measures fitness activity through the use of Wi-Fi and GPS (via the iPhone), an accelerometer, and a heart rate sensor, which is built into the back of the device. Data derived from the Watch is displayed in two separate fitness apps that will be included with the device, both of which aim to encourage users to increase their activity levels.

Apple Watch's inability to measure metrics beyond movement and heart rate put it on par with many other fitness devices on the market, but the Watch also includes several other distinguishing features like deep connectivity with the iPhone, Apple Pay support, and unique input methods with the Digital Crown and Taptic Engine.

Apple has not yet announced a specific release date for the Apple Watch, but says the device will be available starting in early 2015. Pricing for the Watch is expected to start at $349.

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71 months ago
The current :apple:Watch hasn't even been released yet and we already have rumors for the next version, really, can we at least wait for this one to come out before we start to talk of the next one.
Rating: 28 Votes
71 months ago
Imagine all the gold plated revision 1 Apple watches in 3 years obsolete.
Rating: 17 Votes
71 months ago

wonder who's going to "wait it out"
Answer - No One.

I will.

Maybe by then the Apple Watch 1 will be more around my price range.
Rating: 14 Votes
71 months ago
Analyst predict right? I predict that the next iPhone ("6S and 6S+" as I like to call them) will have at least one new feature and be an improvement over the current models. It will have a better processor and might use sapphire for the screen. Now pay me $100K+ a year...
Rating: 13 Votes
71 months ago

so you can ACTUALLY use it for running without having to carry another 5.5 device in your shorts lol

I run with a 9" device in my shorts every day!
Rating: 11 Votes
71 months ago
Omg, but the first galaxy gear watch was such a complete product
Rating: 9 Votes
71 months ago
Who'd have figured... Future versions will be more capable... Leave it to Apple and the Analysts to come up with such a radical concept!
Rating: 8 Votes
71 months ago

ill be more interested when there's a circular version. the square version is simply not my style.

I can't see it happening unless Apple would be satisfied releasing a product where the corners of every screen are cut off. Either that, or make it giant and put borders on anything that isn't a circle, effectively using only a portion of the screen real-estate. A square simply makes more sense for a product like this. (Although technically, the body of the Apple Watch is more of a rounded rectangle than a square).

Who knows, though? Maybe in a few years circular Android Wear devices will take off and Apple could find a way to do it that works well. A circle-shaped device would simply have to be much larger to fit the same amount of info. (Think, draw a circle around the existing rectangle).

Also, the edges of the circle would show noticeable aliasing that you'd have to compensate for in software and maybe by covering the edges with a bezel. Not ideal. If you read reviews of the Moto 360 it becomes clear that many compromises were make to make that device a circle.
Rating: 8 Votes
71 months ago
This is probably the most disappointing part of the iwatch. The lack of sensors. I'm cool with all day battery life, that doesn't bug me.

I completely understand the logic of starting out simple. It's been the same with most Apple products.
Rating: 7 Votes
71 months ago
I wonder how many people will die on the roads now while people check their wrists for their Facebook notifications and send "heartbeats" to their love interests…….

I wish they would have left these watches to the fitness categories/payments, etc.
Rating: 6 Votes

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