23 July 2018
Apple has filed a patent for a new blood pressure monitor and it’s presumed that this tech will be enabled in the coming Watch that could be the Apple Watch 4. Apple applied for this patent two years ago and provided a minimal sketch of what the product could look like.
In the patent application, the image shows a band, something totally in contrast to Apple Watch series that feature a rectangular face. It’s unlikely that Apple will launch a product solely dedicated to measuring the blood pressure. Possibly, the same monitor may get embedded into the Watch Series 4. However, looking at the figure, it seems like Apple might have plans to change the design of the Watch series. However, looking at a few more images in the patent, things seem a bit confusing.
But, we shouldn’t neglect a patent filed in October 2017 by Apple. The filed patent application reflected that Apple is aiming to build something around the blood pressure monitoring tech that could automatically provide insights to the users if the BP is not in control.
Back in 2015, in an interview with The Telegraph, Tim Cook said that he "wouldn’t mind putting something adjacent to the Watch but not the watch, because it would hold the company back from innovating." This suggested that we may see a wearable device from Apple but not the watch.
Also, the figure in this new patent suggests the same that the device in question isn’t the Apple Watch. In 2016 as well, it was rumored that Apple is working on some revolutionary health-tracking hardware that could launch in 2017. We didn’t witness anything similar in last year but we are keeping our keen eyes on these reports and it’s possible that the most-awaited product in the health segment could launch this year.
Now, the newly filed patent shows a cuff, equipped with a sensor that tracks when a wearer’s blood pressure go high or go low. It’s mentioned that the device might sport a touchscreen and might be a Bluetooth compatible device.
We may see the new wearable launching in September along with the new iPhone models.