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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31 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If they start making round watches their market share will increase even more, and this time they will also start eating into the luxury brands shares.

2. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Blood pressure monitoring? It's like i've heard of someone who is already doing that? Oh right! Samsung is already doing this! So is this where i copy the Apple Sheeps and yell about Apple copying Samsung? Honestly, i don't care if brands are copying each other, as long as it is useful things like this. So it doesn't matter if Samsung/Android is copying Apple or the other way around, but there is nothing wrong with giving credit to the first ones to do it.

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Patents? Really? All companies, including Samsung and Apple, has patents for things that they have never used, as they always make sure to get them, just in case it becomes a thing. So a company having a patent on something isn't equivalent with them actually bringing it to the market. So patents are kind of pointless. Furthermore, when it comes to patents for a smartwatch that measures blood pressure, then Samsung were the first ones to actually file that patent. https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/7/17438526/apple-blood-pressure-monitor-patent-apple-watch https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_patents_a_way_for_smartwatches_to_measure_blood_pressure-news-29636.php Look at the dates of the articles. Lastly, patents are pointless, what matters is what actually is announced and arrives on the market. Samsung already has a blood pressure gauge on the Galaxy S9, so they were the first ones to do it on a smartphone, and they also seem to be the first ones to do it on a smartwatch. If you can't deal with that, too bad.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

"and they also seem to be the first ones to do it on a smartwatch." Which one?

10. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

"Samsung already has a blood pressure gauge on the Galaxy S9, so they were the first ones to do it on a smartphone, and they also seem to be the first ones to do it on a smartwatch." read

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They are not the first ones to do it on a smartwatch.

19. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Alright, they're the first brand to do it that people have actually heard of. Happy? I'm sure some freaky no-name brand has done it, but that doesn't really count, especially since they're mostly only concepts and never really make it into the real global market.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice try. That patent is for an inflatable BP system, much like the standard cuff, despite the PA title. It describes expandable cells that can be inflated with with either gas or liquid,

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung is not doing that, and wouldn’t it make sense for Apple to bring this to it’s Watch users, since ya know...they have blood pressure too? You post the dumbest stuff sometimes man. Somethings should be brought to the world, first shouldn’t matter.

6. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I can't even understand what you're trying to say, which is ironic, when you're the one calling me stupid. If you could improve the structure of your sentences, then we could actually have a discussion, but that isn't possible right now, as it's simply not understandable.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your Apple trolling ass understood my post perfectly. I should’ve put its, instead of it’s, but you got it. Stop trolling with the (who did it first thing), it’s played out. First doesn’t matter, the feature itself matters.

20. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I really wasn't trolling, i just couldn't make sense of your comment. I'll just assume im correct in my guess of what you're trying to say, and then answer with that in mind. Samsung is actually doing this, as Tedkord has mentioned. You can look up articles on it. Furthermore, why would you say that Samsung isn't doing this when it's already being used in their Galaxy S9 smartphones? Why would they not use that knowledge that they have gathered from that to further develop the technology and implement it in their smartwatch? Please think rationally, and back up your claims, when you state something that completely contradicts with everything Samsung has done so far. Everything is pointing towards this being implemented in their Gear S4 smartwatch.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, Samsung is working on this, using light transmission. I've read several articles about it, and I didn't buy the Gear S3 because I wanted the S4 if it had this.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ve read where they’re working on it in quite a few articles. He’s trying to say they’re doing it, and that’s not true. No current Samsung watches monitor BP, but could in the future.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, but the S9 has the sensor, so technically they are doing it.

27. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Please freaking read what i'm saying dude. It's horrible when Tedkord has to act as a translator, because you refuse to actually read what i'm saying. I already mentioned a ton of times that the S9 is already doing it, and yet Tedkord has to tell you, again.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You’ve already been shut down dude. Let it go troll.

29. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Shut down? What are you even on about? You're not even listening to what i'm saying, so you're the one that's in denial, as you know you have no legs to stand on in this argument. The fact that you have several people telling you that you're wrong should be an indication, but you're in denial, so you walk around telling other people you "shut them down". Whatever the hell that means. This is just sad.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shhhhhhh... it’ll be ok.

31. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I've never seen someone that is so often in denial as you are, but with time you will be able to learn how to think rationally, once you get that Apple juice out of your system. Anyway, thanks for the chat. It was fun being right again.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

9. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

As long as they give the consumers (us) what we want why does it matter who does it first.

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2122; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

sissy246 it’s ironic that now you don’t think who does it first matters; “And again they copy Samsungs since Samsung did faces first and not stupid animals. Go a head and say all you want that Apple did it better, doesn't matter who did it better, THEY COPIED, HAHAHA” I’m sure you remember writing that, but I’ll be happy to post the link to the article if you’d like.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If you can't figure out I wrote that to get under your skin and others then oh will. LMAO I don't care who does what first. I love that everyone copies, not just phones. I love that Ford , Chevy, Dodge and so on copy each other, all the shoe brands that copy. It just gives me more that I want in the brand I want. Also, just because I pointed out they copied doesn't mean I care.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2122; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You’re a troll and yes you do care, because if you didn’t care you wouldn’t take the time to comment.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are just as much a troll as anyone. You love trolling Samsung. And see, got under you skin, lol In all seriousness, I don't care, just give me what I want in what ever I buy.

23. apple-rulz

Posts: 2122; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You do care, that’s why you wrote that comment that I quoted, and now you’re trying to worm your way out of it.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not worming my way out of anything. I have said many times , let them all copy. Now STFU

16. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't matter who does it first, it just matters who sues first.

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