Apple is working on new Apple Watch models and health features, including display and speed upgrades, an extreme sports version, and body temperature and blood sugar sensors.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant plans to refresh the line this year — with a model that could be called the Apple Watch Series 7 — adding a faster processor, better wireless connectivity and an updated screen, according to people with knowledge of the matter. . Schemes. Next year the company plans to update the main Apple Watch, as well as a successor to the low-end Apple Watch SE and a new version targeting extreme sports athletes.
Apple previously aimed to add a body temperature sensor to this year’s model, but it is now likely to be included in the 2022 update. The blood-glucose sensor, which would help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for several more years.
For this year’s model, Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technology that brings the display closer to the front cover. The new Watch is likely to be slightly thicker overall, but not in a way that would be noticeable to the user.
The model will include updated ultra-wideband functionality, which is the same underlying technology in the Apple AirTag item finder. At its developer conference in early June, Apple previewed an upcoming watchOS 8 software update that would let the device unlock doors and hotel rooms.
The extreme sports model, described by some inside Apple as an “Explorer” or “Adventure” edition, was in development for release earlier this year, but is now expected to launch in 2022. This new model will help Apple. Compete with strong offerings from players like Garmin and Casio.
An Apple spokesman declined to comment. The company’s plans are fluid and subject to change, the people said.
Luxshare Precision Industries is the primary assembler for the main Apple Watch, while Hon Hai Precision Industries, or Foxconn, shares some orders with Taiwan’s Compal Electronics Inc., in addition to splitting assembly of the Apple Watch SE.
Measuring body temperature became an essential part of COVID-19 detection, leading to a surge in demand for gadgets like the Withings Thermo. Some companies offer small digital thermometers that plug into the charging port of a smartphone. Adding functionality to its watch will help Apple match other smartwatches and fitness bands, including products from Alphabet-owned Fitbit.
Blood sugar monitoring has been in the works at Apple for a long time and would be a feature that is unmatched by competitors so far. Apple and others currently rely on apps that let users manually input their glucose levels, while medical device companies like Dexcom offer blood sugar monitors that share data with the Apple Watch. An accurate glucose test usually requires users to prick their finger to draw blood, but Apple is aiming for a non-invasive solution that can analyze blood through the skin.
Since going on sale in 2015, the Apple Watch has become an important part of Apple’s product portfolio. Along with the iPhone and iPad, it fills out the company’s hardware ecosystem and helps Apple’s broad wearable, home and accessories category generate more than $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,19,750 crores) last fiscal year. Is.
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