Apple could, according to a recent report, be planning on bringing a brand new “revolutionary” product to the market, which would allow customers to monitor their health like never before. We're talking heart rate, pulse, blood sugar, and more here, folks.
I'd be surprised if Apple launches a product that serves as an additional wearable to the Watch.
The information comes from Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider), which explains that the product is apparently on track for a 2017 launch, meaning it'll coincide with the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. It's described in the article a “killer new product” that's been developed by Apple's blossoming health labs, and as you'd expect, it'll integrate with the company's well-developed HealthKit protocol and Health app for iOS.
According to the Economic Daily News, the unnamed product will “accurately collect users' personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes, and other information.” At the minute, the Apple Watch can monitor heart rate, both the Apple Watch and iPhone can check on steps, but no single product from Apple can take care of more wider aspects of users' personal health.
The product's release, the same report adds, could “set off a new whirlwind” within the consumer electronics industry. This is all very intriguing, particularly because Apple's health team have apparently been working on the product for more than two years.
Presumably, ResearchKit and CareKit will also link with the product.
AppleInsider suggests that add-ons for the Apple Watch, or even a new smart band-style product, could be in the pipeline. It'll certainly be interesting to see whether there's any truth to this rumor, and how it pans out if such a product is set to launch. As an aside, I'd be surprised if Apple launches a product that serves as an additional wearable to the Watch, but at the same time I find it hard to imagine a plug-in style add-on accessory for the smartwatch.
Of course, we'll keep you posted with further information as we receive it.