Apple iWatch to arrive in October with curved OLED screen, blood glucose sensor and more?
Today, we have some more rumors pertaining to the Apple iWatch courtesy of those anonymous industry sources. The timepiece will be launched in October, according to the latest speculation, and will feature a curved OLED screen. As expected, the iWatch will contain sensors for obtaining health-related readings such as calorie consumption, blood oxygen levels, sleep activity and blood glucose levels. The latter is a measurement used by diabetics to determine how much insulin they need to take. Given the price of the test strips that diabetics use for this test, if Apple does this right, it could have a home run on its hands.
According to an iWatch supplier, Apple plans on knocking out three to five million units each month. That is more than the total number of smartwatch-like devices sold for all of last year. Apple has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic on the health side of the equation. It has also teamed up with Nike for the sports-related functions expected on the watch.
source: Nikkei via SeekingAlpha
5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4546; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
An OLED curved panel made by Samsung.
10. nctx77 (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Well....they don't know what to do with it.
12. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
LOL you must live a very miserable life! xD
20. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 24; Member since: 30 May 2014)
the glucose meter better work or a lot of diabetics will screw up their insulin
26. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I'm sure if it has that it would have had to go through the FDA and get tested/certified. I will honestly be surprised if it comes with a glucose meter...
30. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
No it doesn't it can just be used as reference, working continuously, and a real test strip can be used when you need to actually use your insulin. The FDA doesn't have to approve crap. Why anyone trust what the FDA approves anyway is utter non-sense to me anyway, they're full of crap, but that's a different topic.
2. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
How about a holographic reality distortion field to further fool ifans?
3. PBXtech (Posts: 1009; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
I heard it was going to print money as well. It uses a built in GPS to identify where you are, then print the currency of that country.
Seriously, can't we just wait for some solid information or for it to be released instead of the dozens of stories guessing what Apple is going to release?
4. Beijendorf (Posts: 332; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Yeah, these claims are ridiculous.
In order to get the blood glucose level you need a blood sample, and no watch is going to be plugged into your circulatory system. And an oxymeter is going to require an area of your body it can shine a bright light through for the spectrometry, like a finger or earlobe. And it's not a thick glove, it's a designer watch.
And calorie consumption? Come on, there's no way to measure your consumption with a watch, or any bigger device for that matter.
The sleep activity could be correct since there's already devices on the market that measure this somewhat accurately using accelerometers. If you want it more accurate, you'll need electrodes attached to your head.
7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3464; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I have the smartband and the only reason I use it is the sleep time calculation lol.
15. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
And the lie dectector determined: THAT WAS A LIE! lol You droid fans will say anything to keep your bootler boner up as long as possible. There have been for some years, methods for non-invasive glucose monitoring, some using infrared light. Even (surprise surprise) Mayo clinic wrote an article about it that is easy searchable. The problem really is the FDA wont approve these methos, mainly because the FDA are the slaves of the pharmaceutical companies and wont approve anything that big pharma doesn't approve of first, afterall testing strips are a big cash cow for Big Pharma, costing patients THOUSANDS per year, and usually not covered throuh normal insurance. For a thing like the iWatch, it wont need FDA approval because Im sure Apple will encourage you to keep using your own glucose monitoring for accuracy, and only use this as secondary reference - thus bypassing the FDA since the iWatch isn't technically a 'medical device.'www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condition/diabeters/expert-blog/blood-glucose-monitoring/bgp-20056564
23. Beijendorf (Posts: 332; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Oh yees, I'm sure Apple will have pioneered a revolutionary medical device that could earn them a fortune only to stick it into a smartwatch.
Keep sipping that Cool-Aid.
It needs a high level of accuracy for approval. And if Apple releases a product that causes people harm they're in a world of trouble from the liability they risk.
29. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
You didn't read my post you just wrote the nonsense in your head like you quoted a bible scripture. The technology already exists, Apple doesn't have to pioneer anything - and like weight loss pills, vitamins, and vitamin shake supplements etc, do not "harm" anyone but also have a warning label: "These statemetns have not been evluated by the FDA, this product is not mean to treat, or cure any disease." Slapping a similar warning on the box will remove any liability from Apple, again because a smart watch is not a medical device it doesn't need FDA approval to be accepted into the market to be used by people.
6. jibraihimi (Posts: 708; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
if they price it in 200$-230$ range, then i'm pretty sure to see some good imitations of this from chinese companies in under 100$..........
9. persikon (Posts: 29; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Cleveland and Mayo Clinics... Apple is going to set the bar again... As the iPhone, iPad, Macbook Air. And this is coming from an Android/Google fan.
13. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Android/Google fan that can at least talk to women. Idk about the rest on here xD
19. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2458; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So if someone agrees with you, they're OK, and if not their hermetic geeks? OK........
You sometimes bring up decent points, but then a post like this makes me rethink that. There is a difference between knowledgeable and all knowing.
11. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
"Instert absolute hate for Apple here _________________" < Has no friends.
17. PBXtech (Posts: 1009; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
You might want to check out some anger management classes, that much anger isn't healthy. Even the choice of your user name shows you have some issues that need to be worked out, please get some help soon.
16. PhoneCritic (Posts: 423; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Does everything but tell time. Just kidding. As long as it is a decent looking and functioning device I will give it try. So far the only good looking wearable device i have seen is the Moto 360.
21. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
When I step back from all these smartwatch and smartphone announcements, I really wonder where the benefit is for the customer. All of these gadgets are somewhat expensive for many people and add little to one's quality of life.
How will knowing one's heartbeat or blood oxygen level really make a difference in a healthy person's day to day experience of life?
I can see some benefit for a glucose meter that doesn't require a blood sample, but that will likely be a medical device, not a run of the mill smartwatch.
As for sleep quality, as Beijendorf pointed out, without electrodes mounted on one's head, there is no way to understand what quality of sleep a person is getting. Making conclusions based on tossing and turning is a sketchy practice.
Much as it has been shown that many people you don't use Facebook are happier than those who use Facebook, I am guessing that the people who don't use smartphones, smartwatches, 24/7 health monitors, etc. are going to be happier and less stressed than those who do.
24. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Apple can do all of this because they have their legion of iZombies ready to buy their mediocre, overpriced product on a whim, and APPLE knows this.
Did you see this?
25. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
iZombies wth iBrains
God I could never see my self carrying Apple products and people insulting me calling me these disgusting insulting words
I have self respect
31. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Yet you got Droid zombies, with NO brains. What's the difference I ask?
27. Ninetysix (Posts: 1837; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Must suck not knowing the meaning of the word "preference". You can apply it to almost everything in life. Some people like you and Arte-8800 prefer to be gay but we're not going to judge since that is your "preference". We have nothing against you. Just have to learn to accept that some people doesn't have the same taste as you.
Xbox One vs PS4
AMD vs Nvidia
BMW vs Mercedes
McDonalds vs Burger King
list goes on and on
33. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
I have nothing against you Ninetysix, your cool or with anyone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, I respect that. But I hate that POS Apple company, the business infrastructure and dictatorship of Apple. I like iPhones and MacBooks
32. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
There is no benifit to a smart watch except we are a consumer society and some people don't know how to spend their god damn money. Rolling around an electric stroller with a machine gun attached and a flag of america while eating a cheeseburger is the way of this country.. now you can check your smart watch and monitor how fat you are getting eating all that McDonalds. I had a customer buy an iPhone for an 8th grader for $799 as a 'graduation present' what in the hell is wrong with people!!! LOL
28. fzacek (Posts: 2403; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
At least $400 price tag though. $230 would be too good of a value for an Apple product...