Apple is reportedly planning on adding more health-focused sensors and features to later versions of its newly unveiled wearable device, the Apple Watch.
Despite all the hype that has surrounded it since its introduction, the Apple Watch is said to be a disappointment among healthcare professionals and fitness buffs.
“Observers say there is little evidence for now that the device’s fitness capabilities surpass the competition,” Reuters notes. “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.”
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The news agency then reports that Apple is preparing additional sensors and “richer” features for health and fitness in later iterations of the Apple Watch. The product’s first version is expected to become available early next year.
In its initial iteration, the Apple Watch as a health and fitness device is best used in conjunction with an iPhone, whose connectivity and location-tracking capabilities are well-suited to tracking activity. On its own, the product can measure movement using an accelerometer and heart rate using a dedicated sensor.
As explained by Apple fitness director Jay Blahnik in the video above, the Apple Watch comes preloaded with two new apps: the Fitness app, which monitors all activity and movement, and the Workout app, which sets specific goals for specific types of activity.