The Apple Watch is one of the best, most extensive, and easiest-to-use fitness and health wearables you can buy. But Apple never started with the objective of creating such a device.
The chief operating officer Jeff Williams claimed that the first Apple Watch had a heart rate sensor, not for health reasons, but just to help provide more accurate step tracking data. He claimed the company was thinking about health-related initiatives, but the effort was, “very organic,” rather than tightly planned. He also said, “We realized there’s such a huge opportunity for us to impact people with the information that’s on their wrist.”
The impact became clear when Apple started receiving letters stating the company how the Apple Watch had saved lives. This surprise turned into new motivation and inspired Apple to create the Watch’s ability as a wearable health tracker, up to and including medically regulated apps and committed medical functions like the ECG feature.
The Vice President of health (Apple), Sambul Desai, talked about the Apple Watch’s subsequent success, stating, “Part of the challenge with health is people don’t want to think about their health all the time but here it’s just woven into the overall experience.”
Opportunities in near Future
It’s the seamlessness that makes the Apple Watch’s comprehensive health and fitness features so accessible. Any normal man can access the great health features that the Apple watch has to offer. You don’t have to be a medical expert or a fitness guru to get the most from the Watch. Williams said the medical fraternity is showing great interest in the opportunities created by the Watch, which is supported by Apple’s commitment to data security.
Future of Apple Watch
When it comes to the future of the Apple Watch as a health device, there’s already a tremendous amount we can learn from the current hardware says Apple’s vice president of technology Kevin Lynch.
He said that by working with the medical community, and through studies into everything from women’s health to hearing health, it could discover and introduce new features in the future.
Williams wards off any rumor of a glucose sensor, stating the complexity of detecting glucose without a fluid sample. He said Apple looks to where it can make a difference to people.
On asking about what areas Apple could explore, he said it is all about opportunities. Apple will keep pulling on threads and see where this journey will lead to.