Next-gen Apple Watch to focus more on health and fitness
posted by Alan F. / Sep 12, 2014, 10:11 AM
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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Apple Watch focuses even more on price, that makes you cry.
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 10:12 AM 8
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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.
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 2:03 PM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 5:32 PM 1
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I thought that this version already was supposed to focus highly on health and fitness?
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 10:18 AM 3
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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.
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 11:00 AM 4
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Obese android fans will always think it's a gimmick features while praising jellybean and kitkat the biggest invention for gaining weight :)
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 10:40 AM 2
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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.
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 10:44 AM 4
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Me likey, me want. Me getting.
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 10:47 AM 0
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What color and band-type are you thinking?
posted on Sep 12, 2014, 11:58 AM 0
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