2024 Apple Watch X Could Feature A Breakthrough New Blood Pressure Monitor
Apple is expected to launch a big refresh of the Apple Watch in 2024 to celebrate ten years of the wearable. And now a new Bloomberg report suggests that we could see a big new feature come with it.
The report, written by Mark Gurman and Drake Bennett, takes a deeper look at Apple’s health plans as well as areas in which it hasn’t hit the heady heights some might have liked.
The Apple Watch can already monitor heart rate and blood oxygen levels, but it’s now claimed that the next Apple Watch could go further by offering blood pressure monitoring.
The system is designed to just tell a user if their blood pressure is trending upward and to offer a journal for the user to jot down what was happening when hypertension occurred. To avoid potentially giving a misdiagnosis, the feature will then direct a user to talk to their doctor or check their blood pressure with a traditional cuff, which can provide exact systolic and diastolic measurements.
The feature won’t offer actual blood pressure values but rather provides information on trends that can then be used to push users towards checking their blood pressure manually or visiting a doctor.
A similar feature helps diagnose sleep apnea by monitoring breathing patterns before again suggesting that people should contact a doctor for a proper assessment.
All of this is currently in the works for a 2024 launch, but it’s possible that Apple’s plans will change between now and the expected September unveiling of Apple Watch X. It’s also thought that Apple is keen to ensure that it doesn’t overreach by launching features that can provide incorrect health information. With that in mind, it seems unlikely that these features will ship unless Apple is satisfied with its work.