Bloomberg: 2024 Apple Watch to Gain Blood Pressure Monitoring and Sleep Apnea Detection

Apple plans to add blood pressure monitoring and sleep apnea detection to an Apple Watch with an updated design in 2024, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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In a report covering the arc of Apple's heath-related ambitions, Gurman outlines the first iteration of the company's "pathbreaking" blood pressure sensor technology coming next year that will include hypertension detection:

The system is designed to just tell a user if their blood pressure is trending upward and to offer a journal for the user to jot down what was happening when hypertension occurred. To avoid potentially giving a misdiagnosis, the feature will then direct a user to talk to their doctor or check their blood pressure with a traditional cuff, which can provide exact systolic and diastolic measurements.

A future version of the system in development can provide exact numbers and even diagnose related conditions, according to Gurman. However, these enhancements "remain far off," he adds.

Also coming in 2024 is an Apple Watch-based sleep apnea detection feature. According to the report, it will use sleep and breathing patterns to estimate whether someone has the condition, and then direct users to see a physician.

As previously reported, Apple is also working on non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. Apple's system is said to use a silicon photonics chip to shine light from a laser under the skin to determine the concentration of glucose in the body.

The glucose monitoring has been designed in a similar way to the blood pressure system, in that it currently monitors how a person's blood sugar is trending and warns users of pre-diabetes, rather than offer an actual blood sugar reading.

However, Apple's blood glucose monitoring efforts remain unlikely to show up in a product for "at least a few years," according to Gurman's latest report, citing people with knowledge of the efforts.

Away from Apple Watch, Apple is also said to be on course to bring hearing aid detection to AirPods in 2024. Equipped with the new feature, AirPods will be able to function as an over-the-counter hearing aid and be able to perform the hearing tests typically administered in audiologists' offices.

Elsewhere, Apple is said to be continuing to explore ways to make the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset into a health device, as reported previously by The Information. Anti-anxiety and enhanced meditation features are being worked on, as well as a virtual-reality system to reinforce positive thinking and improve mental health.

Apple has also been studying using the sensors in the device to scan a wearer's eyes for cognitive health data, while a headset version of Fitness+ "remains on the table," according to Gurman.

The Bloomberg report additionally includes some interesting backstory on Apple's evolving health and healthcare initiatives in recent years, as well as an update on the company's paid health coaching service in development. You can read the full piece here.

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Top Rated Comments

Mac_The_Ripper Avatar
8 months ago
If the information captured is accurate, this will be outstanding!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saturn007 Avatar
8 months ago
Gurman, here again, is engaging in attention seeking, especially trying to change the subject after his dismal October predictions.

By the way, titling this as coming from “Bloomberg” is misleading. It’s Gurman, not the board or the Bloomberg company, who is asserting this.

This common error is akin to those who report a “Harvard study” as if it came from the university and had its imprimatur rather than simply being a study from a single professor or a couple of researchers located there.

Given Gurman's dismal track record, take this prediction with a large block of salt! Also, look for it to change — in details, and time frame, with more and more hedges and qualifiers.

Bloomberg News would soon fold if its reputation were contigent on Gurman's pronouncements! ? ? ❌ ?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adrianlondon Avatar
8 months ago

If both readings are accurate, this will be outstanding!
"The system is designed to just tell a user if their blood pressure is trending upward"

I did some research last year on wearable blood pressure monitors. So far, the only one which exists (and is approved as being clinically valid) is https://aktiia.com/uk/blood-pressure-monitor.

It comes supplied with an arm cuff which is used regularly to calibrate the watch.

As Gurman guesses, the new Apple watch can only work out whether blood pressure is increasing (or decreasing). It's like those fat-percentage scales - they're not at all accurate but they are consistent so can usually report if values are increasing or drecreasing.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
8 months ago
Great, knowing that my blood pressure is rising, but not knowing how hight it is rising — is going to make my blood pressure rise even higher!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Paul Shields Avatar
8 months ago
Sleep Apnea detection would be great if I didn't have to choose between wearing the watch during the day or through the night due to battery life.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cocky jeremy Avatar
8 months ago
About time. This has been rumored for years now.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)