Blood pressure and fertility features can get the Apple Watch, but not at any time

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Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo – Apple intends to bring additional advanced health functions to Apple Watch, but this year we are doubtful.

Apple is working on several sophisticated health care capabilities for the Apple Watch, including the capacity to record blood pressure and body temperature, according to a story published by the Wall Street Journal. This is certainly the domain of opportunity, but it doesn’t guarantee that Apple will land on the wrist soon just because he is working on a feature.

Although there are reports of a lot of new health aspects, both of the marquees are blood pressure monitoring and a thermometer to help with the development of fertility. Both functionalities exist on handles, albeit they do not contain a packaging as elegant as the Apple Watch. Omron produced the smartwatch with an inflatable band in 2019, technically the first smartwatch to be released by the FDA.

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Samsung also offers a smartphone blood pressure function, although this is not available for regulatory reasons in the U.S. and needs a more traditional blood pressure measuring unit to be calibrated. Ava is also a tracker for fertility, which detects not only body temperature but also such factors as perfusion to help couples conceive. In his intelligent Sense smartwatch, Fitbit also integrated a body temperature sensor, with an Oura Ring for ages.

It’s not news that Apple explore these features—all of them have been doing it for years. Apple is not known to be the first to any health feature, except from the fact that it included FDA-cleared ECG sensors to serie four. Detailed sleep, SpO2 and cardiac fitness metrics were available before it was added to Series 6 by Apple and WatchOS 7. The point is that Apple does not generally give up until 100% confident what it has is good, or at least good enough to meet its high standards. How Apple can improve the technology is the potential.

According to the WSJ, the blood pressure function of Apple will try to display customers the trend in blood pressure without systeolic and diastolic baseline values. (This is why Samsung needs their blood pressure characteristic calibration.) Actual smartwatch sensors can’t do it, but that couldn’t be the case long.

The WSJ reports Apple attempts to replicate existing measuring equipment for blood pressure by monitoring “the speed of the wave that a heartbeat delivers to a person’s arteries.” Apart from an inflated cuff, Apple is apparently studying the capacity for reading. If it could pull it out in a similar design to the present Apple Watch, that would be a big deal.

Apple can also add a sensor of temperature to the watch in 2022 to help give women a sense of how ovulation or fever can occur. Again, a number of fertility applications give users the same basic body thermometers. Recalls to fertility windows are incorporated into time tracking applications. Researchers also began to investigate how infection diseases may be detected using the temperature of the body during the beginning of the pandemic, including the Apple Watch.

But again, the benefit of Apple here is that a major female health clinical trial is underway, and the results there could be indications that we still have no basis in women’s health data as a result of a huge fundamental gap.

Apple also has apparently been exploring the identification of sleep apnea, notifications of decreasing blood oxygen levels, atrial surveillance of those with a confirmed diagnosis, and diagnosis and management of blood glucose. Last of all, the Series 7 was highly rumored, but it doesn’t look as if we will soon see the feature either.

Most of these characteristics have a type of diagnostic element which would probably require FDA permission. From at least 2017, Fitbit has worked to make the sleep apnea feature the FDA is going to, and since last year we have not heard the jack. The current atrial fibrillation feature of Apple is just cleaned to inform people who may not know that they are vulnerable. For those who do, it is not cleared as a tool for monitoring. This item requires a lot of time, data and research—then, before you and I ever get to experiment it for myself, it needs to pass through regulatory agencies.

Once watchmakers invested in healthcare services, Smartwatches switched from a pricey phone to a helpful independent item. However, health technology does not evolve at the same rate as other technologies. There is a higher degree of privacy and precision that must be considered and, in addition, the medical community itself must understand how to interpret wearable data for consumers. The first FDA certification for its ECG feature took two years from Apple to the time when Fitbit and Samsung also came to fruition in 2020.

Still, many doctors are divided as to whether wearable data facilitates or makes their tasks more difficult. Apple can also scrap some features because technology does not yet exist or the liability of a consumer technology business is just too big..

The whole industry certainly seems to be standing on the verge of more and more. Since their return in 2014, wearables have made enormous progress. The more complicated these devices are, however, the longer it takes for the average individual to prepare their functions. Listen, the work on Series 7 was apparently delayed by a somewhat larger screen. It would be a little miracle if in the coming year, or perhaps the following year, we see many of these supposed features.