Apple has clearly oriented its Apple Watch towards a connected watch dedicated to health. It now incorporates many sensors in this sense, and it is certainly not over.
Generation after generation, the Apple Watch shows Apple’s desire to offer a very comprehensive companion when it comes to monitoring general health. And it’s not over. The Cupertino company has many ideas for future versions of its connected watch. Monitoring blood pressure seems to be an important point.
Apple would consider integrating a blood pressure sensor in its Apple Watch
Since the launch of the very first Apple Watch model, the Apple brand has continued to incorporate new health tracking features. The smartwatch began with a heart rate monitor, joined by an EKG and more recently by a blood oxygen saturation sensor. So it’s no surprise to learn that blood pressure might be next on the list.
Is it even feasible? What about the precision of the result?
According to a report by Apple World Today, a patent has been filed by Apple in this regard. The Cupertino company is reportedly considering the idea of including a blood pressure measurement tool directly in the Apple Watch. Today, taking blood pressure requires the use of a third-party device and most often with a cuff via oscillometry. That being said, this equipment is far from portable, let alone on a wrist. Having such functionality directly in a simple watch could be very handy, and even more so if it is possible to read the value instantly. Apple recognizes that a smartwatch might not provide a very precise value, so it might make various corrections to refine the result.
Like all health monitoring tools built into Apple Watch, it is not intended to replace the equipment of a health professional or a medical establishment anyway. That being said, these are evolved enough to get a general idea of his health. And if they are worried about numbers that are too high, or too low, the wearer of the watch will not hesitate to go for a consultation for proper tests.
That being said, this is only a patent, no one knows if Apple has the intention, or the technical means, to make this a reality. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Maybe with the Series 7, who knows?