Apple Watch to be used to push Cook's health agenda

Apple Watch to be used to push Cook's health agenda
If it were up to Apple CEO Tim Cook, everyone in the world would be healthy. During a talk the Apple executive gave today in Amsterdam, Cook said that "If you look at some things we're doing that don't drive revenue but have massive interest from our teams, health is very much one of them."

Speaking at Startup Fest Europe, Apple's top executive hinted that the Apple Watch would be the device that in the future, would know everything about you. The device could issue a warning for its owner to see a doctor once the data it analyzes reveals a problem. He compared this to the warning system on a car that tells its owner when it needs maintenance.


Despite Cook's comments, the only changes expected to the next Apple Watch are a bigger battery, FaceTime capabilities and LTE connectivity. That means that we are going to have to wait for future generations of the Apple Watch to provide the features that Cook is talking about. While there are some third party apps that will monitor your sleep and track other health metrics, we are a long way from having your watch tell you when you need to have a check-up.


source: Bloomberg

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24 Comments

1. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

The Apple Watch is the best smart watch, period. It's the smart watch people actually want and will buy, hence the reason it's the best seller (according to those that track such things). The Gear S2 and Android Wear watches?Umm, not so much.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its just not-so-smart watch.. since it can barely do anything without iPhone around

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's an old argument my friend. It is a first gen product released over a year ago. It may currently be the only Apple watch on the market, but a new one is on the horizon. You had a point a year ago. Now, what's the point of even mentioning that? Most other smart watches are on their 3rd or more iteration and still barely do anything more than the Apple watch if more at all.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The battery life sucks on Apples watch. Apps run slow. Watch apps cannot communicate directly to other devices without the phone. As far as ctdog4748 saying it's the best smart watch. It's far from being the best Smart Watch on the market. Most people know that Apple has a loyal following, and would buy anything that Apple sells. To top if off some Apple Zealot's like yourself and ctdog4748 will try to lay it on thick with your preaching about the Apple gospel. It's the best while using the same breath put down the competition.

5. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Being the best smart watch is not a big achievement. They are not that useful anyway

6. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

They are if your into Fitness. I for one hate having my phone either strapped to my arm or in my Ball shorts while I run. Getting hit where the sun don't shine definitely makes you loose momentum.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For fitness, there are better choices, like Fitbit trackers. Fir smartwatches, there are several better choices than the iWatch.

11. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

I didn't say apple watches, sorry if it seemed implied, I meant smart watches as a whole.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I meant smartwatches in general. If it's fitness you're looking for, a dedicated fitness tracker is a better choice.

14. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Ah understood, I guess it depends on opinion and personal preferences though. I'm not aware of most Fitness trackers and their capabilities but, for my personal use I employ the gear s2 with cellular connectivity the reason for this is to obviously stay connected. I'm not sure if dedicated trackers offer cellular service, if so, I'll take a look into them, because this watch has a little bit of weight other wise it's great.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm also using the Gear S2, but I don't have the 3G connected because Verizon won't let me with my unlimited data plan, and I'm not paying them another $90/month on top of the outrageous price I'm already paying.

24. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

I see, I'm on AT&T's network I only pay about $10 a month to have it connected to the cellular network and to just use my phones shared data plan.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a blatant copy of what people were doing for years with smartwatches, with a bit of gimmickry thrown in. It's not even a good looking watch. Every single round smartwatch looks better, and Samsung's Gear S2 trounces it in design and had a much better UI than the hot mess Apple came up with.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And for next year, according to this article, they're just adding things that the Samsung Gear S had two years ago. More copying of the leader.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I own one and a gear s, and the gear s is miles ahead. I actually gave my ape watch to my wife over the weekend.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let me ask you, when you read/delete an email on your phone, does it clear the notification on your Gear S? Or, if you get a notification on the Gear S for an email, and you just delete from the watch, do you then have the notification still there and need to clear it, also? That's been my experience on my Gear S, but it could just be the old, outdated Verizon firmware - I've only gotten one update since I got it, and it's still several versions behind the latest. It was so inconvenient, I put the watch away. The Gear S2, OTOH, has none of those issues, and has been a pleasure to use/wear.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When I clear it from the gear, the popup says it clears from the gear and phone. It's usually in my location when I do it, so I'll have to check to make sure it's clearing both. Mine is AT&T, and got an update not too long ago.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's official, it does clear them from the phone via the gear.

3. phantom28

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

such nice and intense speech ....he almost sounded like Steve Jobs ....or trying to copy him ....but his quote sounded to me like .....to be good not bad in the world , make peace not war , etc etc , well at least we know the next watch will bring bigger battery 5-10 mah that will give extra 20 min of usage and cost 100$ more , smashing , not a big fan of smartwatches but at least Samsung gear s2 and Motorola looks like a watch and the ecosystem integrates much better than apple watch , I tried an apple watch in a apple store and I wear the watch on my right hand , belive me its not easy to use the crown when u wear the watch on the right hand

15. palmguy

Posts: 978; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

So you have to crisscross over to use the crown. I thought it was available on the other side. Wow the Apple watch was made for lefties only. That's just stupid.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't you just flip the bands, and wear the watch the other way? The UI should flip, shouldn't it?

20. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, you can. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMr2VHi3CCM Hope that helps.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"If you look at some things we're doing that don't drive revenue but have massive interest from our teams" Mostly things that tie people further into the Apple ecosystem or get new ones into the ecosystem. Nothing wrong with that, but don't pretend it's not revenue driven.

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