• Rumor: iWatch to Monitor Blood Oxygen Levels



    In recent weeks, Apple has purportedly hired a number of experts in the field of mobile medical sensors while advertising job openings for similarly mHealth-savvy engineers to work on an unnamed product - a product many believe will become the still-mythical iWatch.

    On Friday, China’s Electrical Engineering Times reported that Apple's smartwatch will be a full-fledged mobile medical resource that will be able to do much more than originally imagined.

    Electronics industry analyst Sun Chang Xu says that Cupertino’s long-rumored wearable device may monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels. However, “inaccuracy” has caused Apple to shelve plans to add blood glucose monitoring to the device, according to China’s Electrical Engineering Times.
    The same report notes that the iWatch will capitalize on optoelectronics to monitor both blood oxygen levels and heart rate.

    While Apple has given no indication of the iWatch's existence, let alone release date, most industry analysts and supply chain sources believe that this device will be among the new products Apple has promised for 2014.

    Source: AppAdvice
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: iWatch to Monitor Blood Oxygen Levels started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. carlos6438's Avatar
      carlos6438 -
      I love that there are rumors about functionality of a device that doesn't exist... I can't wait for the blurry pics to come in when the iWatch does actually start production.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      ^^HAHA! Im saying..all this secrecy. We all know what happens once it drops. Copy cats will abound. All of a sudden the watches that exist won't. Trashed to become clones of whatever Apple does..yay.
    1. magoo657's Avatar
      magoo657 -
      That would be awesome if they announced it in the April event!
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      Lol it would be hilarious if it never happens
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      so will this come with a kill switch too?

      Edit: I'm not a fan of wearable tech
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      It would be tough to get people to buy into this iWatch...
      Most people I know who have iPhone have nice watches, I am not about to take off my Tag Heuer for this iWatch.
    1. carlos6438's Avatar
      carlos6438 -
      I have an iPod nano with a watch band and it does what I want, it's an iPod, it's a watch. The only thing it's missing is Bluetooth and content.

      I don't need to talk to it, it wold be cool to see who emailed, texted, or called but I don't want to talk ON it. Just add Bluetooth to the nano, make its thinner and some stylish bands, some downloadable watch faces and the ability to last a few days on a charge and it will sell. Look at all the other watch products and take what's good and ditch what isn't, oh wait, that's what Apple does best so I'm sure it won't disappoint.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      normal watches have great battery life, why trade it for something that will last a few days; if that
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Will it tell me when to breathe?
    1. mwhite67's Avatar
      mwhite67 -
      I've always wanted to know my blood oxygen level.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      How about blood alcohol levels? That might be more useful.
    1. mwhite67's Avatar
      mwhite67 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlos6438 View Post
      I have an iPod nano with a watch band and it does what I want, it's an iPod, it's a watch. The only thing it's missing is Bluetooth and content.

      I don't need to talk to it, it wold be cool to see who emailed, texted, or called but I don't want to talk ON it. Just add Bluetooth to the nano, make its thinner and some stylish bands, some downloadable watch faces and the ability to last a few days on a charge and it will sell. Look at all the other watch products and take what's good and ditch what isn't, oh wait, that's what Apple does best so I'm sure it won't disappoint.
      Why not just make a watch that looks better than the Nano if you're going to do all that?
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Only thing I have trouble with, is usually we see prototype pieces(frames and etc...) we haven't seen anything yet except concept & rumors.
    1. carlos6438's Avatar
      carlos6438 -
      Not sure what you mean. Make a watch that looks better than the nano? Then wouldn't it just be a watch? I mean that apple knows the key is content, amazon knows the key is content, Samsung thinks it's copying and tossing in the newest tech that they aren't even sure people want and rolling with it.

      Take the nano 5th gen, improve it, make an App Store for watch faces and tiny and simple apps worth using on a smaller screen and then it will sell. Simple. My guess is they know this since they market so well every thing they make they sell.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      It would be tough to get people to buy into this iWatch...
      Most people I know who have iPhone have nice watches, I am not about to take off my Tag Heuer for this iWatch.
      I have 2 Jaegers, (Reverso), 2 Bulgari, an AP and a few others in my collection worth thousands. Yes, I will but an iwatch too. I can enjoy it on casual days. Guys that like watches and tech will buy.

      I also predict the watch offered at the same time along side of the new iPhone.
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