Apple is planning to update its Apple Watch with glucose monitoring capabilities for diabetics and smart bands that add additional functionality, according to a BGR report. Their source claims Apple has hired 200 PhDs in the past year as part of an effort improve the health capabilities of the smartwatch.
Most notably, Apple is said to be working on a way for the watch to monitor glucose levels without requiring a separate device. Currently, a blood sample, usually taken with a device that penetrates the skin, is required to measure blood sugar levels.
According to our source, Apple’s sights are now set on the epidemic of diabetes, and the company plans to introduce a game-changing glucose monitoring feature in an upcoming Apple Watch. An estimated 30 million people suffer from diabetes in the US alone, according to the American Diabetes Association, so Apple’s efforts could lead to a historic achievement in the world of health and fitness.
Additionally, Apple is allegedly planning to unveil interchangeable ‘smart watch bands’ that add functionality to the Apple Watch without increasing the price of the watch. The glucose monitoring feature could come in the way of a smart band. For those who aren’t aware, there is actually a hidden port on the device which could facilitate this.
A camera band that adds a camera to the watch is another possibility, or a band that contains a battery to extend battery life for wearers who want even more longevity, even though the Apple Watch’s battery performance is already class-leading.
The site’s source says Apple has “identified the right part of the body and there’s so much more they can and intend to do with the watch.” BGR speculates that there could come a time when the Apple Watch could replace the iPhone when used with augmented reality glasses or contact lenses.