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New patent hints at Apple Watch Series 4 with blood pressure monitoring

New patent hints at Apple Watch Series 4 with blood pressure monitoring
Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple was working on the first major redesign of the Apple Watch, set to be introduced later this year alongside an increased focus on health. Well today, in a possible reference to what could on the way, Apple has been granted a patent for a new blood pressure monitor.

The Silicon Valley-based giant initially applied for the patent two years ago and provided a very minimal sketch of what the product could look like. Essentially, it appears to be a regular band that is equipped with several sensors that will track a user’s blood pressure at all times, with the wearable then relaying the information to the person via a small touchscreen or through a Bluetooth connected smartphone. Ultimately, this is certainly not a technological breakthrough and it’s highly unlikely Apple will release a standalone blood pressure monitor any time soon. Instead, the most likely scenario will see the iPhone giant integrate the technology into its Apple Watch Series 4.

Currently, the next-generation of the popular wearable is reportedly set to move away from the rectangular display that Apple’s customers have become accustomed to, instead boasting a new circular panel that will also reduce the thickness of the bezels significantly. Despite the visual changes, however, the Series 4 will still be compatible with all previously-released Apple Watch bands in a bid to keep owners of previous generation devices happy.

Apple is yet to make any official announcement in regards to the Apple Watch, but continuing its annual tradition, consumers can expect the new product to make an official appearance towards the middle of September alongside an updated 2018 iPhone lineup.

source: USPTO via: The Verge

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