Apple shifts focus to fitness and away from health monitoring for Apple Watch Series 7

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The biggest wellness quality for the latest exemplary is autumn detection during motorcycle rides, faster charging and a much durable ticker face.

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Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 astatine the September merchandise lawsuit with improvements that ranged from amended artillery beingness to autumn detection during motorcycle rides.

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Apple Watch owners funny successful tracking humor sweetener levels did not get immoderate restitution astatine this week's merchandise announcement event. The institution has been talking astir adding a humor glucose show to the Watch for astatine slightest 5 years. The hold continues arsenic the biggest wellness quality from contiguous was astir autumn detection for motorcycle riders wearing the watch. 

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The Apple Watch Series 7 promos mentioned slumber tracking and blood-oxygen monitoring, but those are not caller features. There was nary important wellness quality astatine the event; the main absorption was fitness. In erstwhile years, Apple shared stories of however the Watch helped radical debar bosom attacks and telephone for help. The institution besides announced probe projects with universities and different groups but determination was nary specified fanfare this year.

Apple is uncovering out, arsenic galore tech companies have, that wellness monitoring is hard to do. It's overmuch easier to grounds fittingness classes and way slumber than to supply glucose monitoring. Google got a batch of property with its experimentation with interaction lenses that could show humor sweetener levels but shut down the task aft a fewer years. Researchers realized that measuring humor glucose via interaction lens was not a reliable measurement method, due successful portion because "interference from biomolecules successful tears resulted successful challenges successful obtaining close glucose readings from the tiny quantities of glucose successful the teardrop film."

Even companies with decades of acquisition successful glucose monitoring haven't figured retired an alternate to a needle prick. One expert predicted that it volition beryllium astatine slightest 5 years earlier anyone gets a non-invasive solution connected the market. 

Researchers person been investigating spectroscopy for decades, including teams astatine MIT and companies successful the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. This method uses lasers that don't pierce the tegument and can beryllium highly accurate

The Apple Watch Series 6 introduced the Blood Oxygen app. The optical bosom sensor was redesigned to adhd this capability. The backmost crystal shines reddish and greenish LEDs and infrared airy onto the wearer's wrist, and photodiodes measurement the magnitude of airy reflected back. Once researchers fig retired however to usage airy to measurement humor sugar, it's wholly imaginable that determination could beryllium a Blood Glucose app for the Watch. However, the merchandise exemplary whitethorn beryllium successful the treble digits earlier that happens.

More features for the Apple Watch and Fitness+

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Apple executives gave the Watch update from a rocky seaside cliff during the video presentation, the cleanable spot to tout the improved durability of the Series 7 Watch. The conception opened with rocks crashing down into the ticker face, which morphed into a antheral picking himself up from the crushed aft crashing his bike. Lauren Braun, the merchandise manager for Apple Watch, said that the look is much crack-resistant, and the ticker present meets IP6X certification for dusty environments. The ticker besides has autumn detection present if your motorcycle thrust hits a pothole.

The caller exemplary charges faster, according to Braun, and tin spell from dormant to 80% charged successful 45 minutes—all the amended to way your slumber done astir of the night.

The taxable of the lawsuit was California Streaming, and the wellness and fittingness updates acceptable neatly into that theme. The different large wellness quality from the institution was astir Apple Fitness+. Subscribers tin present instrumentality pilates classes, bid for the skiing play and larn to meditate via caller classes connected the app. The classes are disposable successful six countries astatine the moment. Apple volition grow that to 15 caller countries aboriginal this autumn and supply subtitles successful six languages. The classes are disposable connected the iPhone, the iPad and Apple TV via airplay. Group classes are coming soon, too.

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