The 2024 Apple Watch Could Have Some Big New Health Features

Apple might have announced that it has pulled the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra from sale over a patent dispute, but the company’s work on the next wearable in its lineup is well underway. Now, a new report claims that the 2024 Apple Watch models could have some big new health features for customers to look forward to.

Writing in the weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that at least one of the new Apple Watches launched next year will have an updated design, although it isn’t clear whether that will be the rumored Apple Watch X or a new Apple Watch Ultra.

But beyond the way the watch will look, Apple has an eye on some new health features.

Apple is working on a pair of health features designed to take the smartwatch to new heights: hypertension and sleep apnea detection. This technology, as I’ve previously written, will alert users if it believes they have one of the conditions and suggest follow-up testing.

The new features will reportedly be able to monitor the wearer’s blood pressure as well as monitor for sleep apnea, the former of which will be a huge addition for people who would normally have to use a separate cuff-based device to get a reading. Such a feature has been rumored for years, and now it seems that it’s on the horizon.

All of this comes against a backdrop of Apple’s best Apple Watches currently being removed from sale over a patent related to their blood oxygen sensor — Apple will no doubt be making sure its blood pressure monitoring tech doesn’t suffer the same fate.

The new Apple Watches are expected to debut in September of 2024, likely alongside the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro lineups.

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