Next-gen Apple Watch to focus more on health and fitness

Next-gen Apple Watch to focus more on health and fitness
Even though the Apple Watch hasn't yet been made available to buyers, and won't be until 2015, already we are hearing rumors about the next-generation of Apple's timepiece. According to those familiar with Apple's plans, the next iteration of the Watch will include more sensors. and will focus more on being a device for health and fitness monitoring. Because Apple's plans for its next watch are not public, the sources asked to remain anonymous. They do expect Apple to offer "richer health features," with the next version of the Apple Watch.

So far, there isn't much about the Apple Watch that fitness bands can't do. The Watch can track your movements, monitor your heart rate, and play music through a Bluetooth headphone. Some analysts conclude that Apple stayed away from providing more medical capabilities for its Watch, so that it wouldn't have to ask for FDA approval.  IDC Tech analyst Danielle Levitas noted that the device doesn't track sleep as rumored. "I was expecting there to be some true healthcare applications that would take it a step further beyond wellness," Levitas said. She did say that the lack of more health functions probably wouldn't be a deal-breaker for consumers.


Mike Lee, chief executive officer of MyFitnessPal, says that the sensors that Apple put in the Watch are not revolutionary, but are designed better than the sensors on competing watches.  While one Doctor said that Apple loaded its wearable with "cheap and consumer-friendly sensors," others said that they would recommend the device to their patients once developers write more medical related apps for it.

source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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17 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple Watch focuses even more on price, that makes you cry.

13. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

PA is so far up Apple's rectum.. my favorite quote: "So far, there isn't much about the Apple Watch that fitness bands can't do. The Watch can track your movements, monitor your heart rate, and play music through a Bluetooth headphone." LOL.. so heart rate and movement is the only thing needed for fitness? That's laughable. Counting steps and heart rate are far from good enough reasons to drop $350 for the Apple watch. Furthermore, I am betting that if Apple really pushes this off as some fitness device, it's going to alienate a HUGE customer base. The pun was intentional. So many people, especially in the US are overweight and out of shape - many are because they have no desire to be better. Yes, the watch will help some turn that around - but I bet for the majority, it will either be an ignored feature, or it would turn them off from buying the phone all together. Who wants to be reminded constantly about how out of shape they are? There could be social stigma attached with a watch that's pushed as a fitness device. "look at the fatty with the Apple watch!" Not cool, but so many already do it when they see overweight people consuming diet foods/drinks.

15. Dizzle

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You have to read what it says again. They are saying that it's not much about the apple watch that fitness bands can't already do. Meaning all of the health related features on the apple watch there are fitness bands that already do these things. They aren't saying the fitness features on the apple watch are the only ones needed or they are only found of the apple watch.

16. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Haha. Maybe he's related to Mayweather and he can't read properly.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I thought that this version already was supposed to focus highly on health and fitness?

9. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

It was, but it's been typical of Apple these days to over-promise and under deliver since Tim Cook took over. Cook promised that Apple's 2014 lineup would be 'their best in 25 years' but if all they're offering is larger-screened iPhones (that they previously shunned when offered by other manufacturers) with 1gb RAM and minot spec-bumps, an under-developed, over-priced, UI-convoluted, aesthetically-challenged wearables that essentially mimics what Samsung wearables did in 2013 (save a mobile payment solution that suffers from seriously bad timely given Apple's recent iCloud security woes), a couple of minor laptop CPU bumps, and an exorbitantly priced, rather poor-selling desktop that looks better suited for under-the-desk trash disposal, then it's becoming painfully apparent that Apple's best days likely died along along with Steve Jobs. We'll See... though it looks like a much tougher road for Apple in the health/fitness/financial sectors with so many questioning their ability to safeguard user information.

3. mturby unregistered

The iwat....the Apple Watch is like carrying a calculator in my pocked when i already have one in my phone.

4. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Obese android fans will always think it's a gimmick features while praising jellybean and kitkat the biggest invention for gaining weight :)

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Gimme a break, gimme a break. Gimma a piece of that Kitkat goodness.

14. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Fact. Most obese apple fans have never eaten an apple.

5. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Ugh! I've been in fitness and health for many years. I don't need a device to help with that. Train hard and eat right, it's as simple as that!!! Some folks make the whole thing seem so complicated that most are doomed to fail.

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

True, although I must say that Endomondo has been a nice copilot on my runs...

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31669; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Me likey, me want. Me getting.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What color and band-type are you thinking?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31669; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Space gray sport edition, with a white rubber band

8. surethom

Posts: 1731; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Apple Watch 1 is not even out so NO ONE knows what the Apple Watch 2 will be. Silly topic.

17. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Who says that Samsung's BAND AID fitness app and heart rate sensor is just as gimmick? Guess who change their minds. INNNOVATION AWARD FOR 2014 goes to Samsung.

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