Apple is reportedly working on a new wearable which would supplement the Apple Watch and provide daily health-related analytics.
Earlier this week, we caught wind of an earlier report which detailed that Apple could proceed to re-launch an improved Apple Watch ‘1’ next to the Apple Watch 2. Now, that story could take on a new life as new rumours have indicated Apple is actively developing a new, non-Watch wearable product.
The report, which comes courtesy of Economic Daily News, cites that Apple is actively seeking suppliers to create a new device that would monitor heart rate changes, blood sugar variation, and other health-related information. Read: A faster Apple Watch 1 could release alongside the Apple Watch 2 later this year
Apparently the product will sport a screen and will, similarly to the Apple Watch, make use of 3D touch. The report cites that the product has been in development for over two years under Jay Blahnik, an employee who – according to his LinkedIn profile – works on ‘special projects’.
Blahnik has previously served as the company’s director for fitness and health technologies, which has only fuelled further fire into the possibility that Apple is developing a supplementary wearable product.
The eventual possibilities of the product could be quite varied; on one hand, the device could come to serve as Apple’s own fitness tracker, designed to intimidate the likes of Misfit, Jawbone, or Fitbit. Alternatively, the product could serve as a more health-focussed offering for athletes or consumers with special needs.
Rumours surrounding the original Apple Watch indicated that the product would be able to monitor blood sugar levels – a feature which never materialized when the product was finally unveiled. Read: Research shows Apple Watch earns highest satisfaction ratings
What are your thoughts on the likelihood of Apple producing a new, non-Watch wearable? Does the company need to expand its wearable product lineup? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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