More Wellness Functions Promised for Apple Watch

The Apple Watch “may be the undisputed king of smartwatches, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect — a particularly big annoyance we encountered in our review were third-party app slowdowns and crashes,” according to Digital Trends.“Thankfully, 9to5Mac reports that a forthcoming update should remedy those issues and others with enhancements to fitness and health tracking, a new watch-finding app, and a range of other fixes aimed at stability.”

“As Apple works towards the release of tools later this year for native, hardware-accelerated Apple Watch apps, a source tells 9to5Mac that Apple will open complications — the tiny date, weather, and battery life widgets on watch faces — to third-party tinkering.”

“Separately, Apple’s beefing up the watch’s wellness capabilities. The company’s been experimenting with arrhythmia detection features that would notify a wearer in the event of an irregular heartbeat, but for now has put those functions on hold over liability and regulatory concerns. (The FDA published guidelines in January suggesting smartwatches that diagnose and treat illness would be subject to increased scrutiny).”

“Apple also planned to add oxygen-saturation tracking and blood-sugar monitoring, but opted to incubate the necessary sensors for a future model. In lieu of those, though, sources tell 9to5Mac a future update will bring blood-pressure monitoring and sleep tracking to the Apple Watch.”