Apple Watch health and fitness facilities likely in Tuesday’s program

Jeff Williams introduces the new Apple Watch capable of taking FDA-approved electrocardiograms in Cupertino, California, at the company’s annual product launch, Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

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Apple’s invitation to the big event includes the tag line “Time Flies”, a sign that we can expect to see a slew of announcements related to its Apple Watch on Tuesday.

At least one analyst believes that there will be a new model, the Apple Watch 6.

Health and fitness have been a major focus for the product since Apple began selling it in 2015. The team has rolled out feature after feature, from basic activity tracking to monitoring heart rhythm and more.

But there are technical and scientific limitations that can be packaged into a wrist-worn device. Some of the most challenging applications that wearable manufacturers have removed so far include non-major and continuous blood sugar, as well as increased pressure tracking. If any of those sensors were announced, it would be a huge success, but we don’t expect Tuesday’s virtual event.

More likely, Apple will win a few more that will still push it ahead of the competition. The Apple Watch has dominated the wearables market for the past five years, but Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit could give it a combination of new talent and cash (if regulators approve the deal), and Amazon Made a grand entry into space earlier this year with its Halo Fitness wearable.

Workout for everyone at home

Members exercise inside Chelsea Pierce Fitness, the first day of the gym’s re-opening in New York City, Manhattan’s largest fitness facility, on September 2, 2020 in New York following an outbreak of coronovirus disease (COVID-19).

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The wellness space is an attractive opportunity for any consumer technology company, as it is a large market and largely unregulated. Apple’s growing team includes veteran fitness trainer and consultant Jay Blahnik, who has big plans for the Apple Watch.

In March, CNBC reported that Apple is working on a new app code-Seymour, which guides users through an exercise routine on the Apple Watch and iPhone. Users can follow through downloadable videos and try many activities from cycling to training. By offering such fitness content, Apple is moving closer to the field of peloton. With its spin bike and treadmill, Peloton sells a membership-based video library of fitness classes.

This would be a timely move for Apple, given that many gyms around the country remain closed and home workouts during an epidemic may still seem like a safe option.

From there, we can see Apple offering more tailored workouts for people with medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, which may also include personal coaching. Such a service may be subscription-based, if Apple can demonstrate that there is an appetite for it.

An oxygen sensor

A long-rumored sensor that we can see from Apple on Tuesday is a pulse oximeter, which will allow the watch to detect blood oxygen levels. A blood oxygen detection facility was detected by 9to5 MAC in a snippet of code back in the spring, strongly suggesting that it is on the horizon.

If the code is any indication, Apple can start notifying users if their blood oxygen levels drop to potentially dangerous levels.

This new feature will likely be released alongside medical studies, as Apple has done in the past. The Apple Heart Study, which he unveiled in collaboration with Stanford University, looked at how effectively the Apple Watch could be used to detect a condition known as atrial fibrillation. Apple has an electrocardiogram sensor baked into its Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 devices to monitor heart rhythm and return health information directly to consumers.

If Apple announces the sensor, it is possible that the company will screen asymptomatic people instead of honoring people with a specific medical condition. Apple wants its device to be accessible and relevant to a large population of users. But doctors will need to prove that it will not create unnecessary anxiety and anxiety by providing false positive results.

Apple may target users with specific medical conditions, including Covid-19. A pulse oximeter cooked in a consumer wearable can help monitor medical professionals at home who are suffering from the virus. Doctors are still debating whether currently available devices, which perform clipping on a patient’s finger to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation, may be helpful in monitoring shortness of breath for patients who It can be difficult to assess yourself.

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