Following the recent launch of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 alongside the iPhone 15 series, Apple is reportedly gearing up to introduce groundbreaking features in its upcoming Apple Watch models. Analyst Mark Gurman emphasizes the need for significant upgrades to entice users, suggesting that the present lineup lacks distinctive features to drive market success.
Anticipated Health Monitoring Features: In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman outlines key features expected in future Apple Watch models:
- Hypertension and Sleep Apnea Detection:
- Future Apple Watches are likely to incorporate advanced health monitoring capabilities, including the detection of hypertension and sleep apnea.
- These features aim to alert users to potential health concerns, prompting timely medical attention.
- Non-Invasive Blood Sugar Monitoring:
- Apple has been previously rumored to be developing a non-invasive blood sugar monitoring feature, further expanding the health tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch.
Enhancements for User Incentive:
- Gurman highlights that while incremental improvements like a newer chipset, brighter display, and additional gestures are present in the Watch Series 9, these alone may not provide users with sufficient incentive to upgrade.
- To enhance appeal, one of the upcoming Apple Watch models is expected to debut with a new aesthetic, promising a refreshed and modern look.
Current Apple Watch Series Pricing:
- The Apple Watch Series 9 is currently priced in India starting at Rs. 41,900 for the 41mm aluminum body option, with the 45mm version listed at Rs. 44,900.
- Stainless steel finish options are available at Rs. 70,900 (41mm) and Rs. 75,900 (45mm), while the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is priced at Rs. 89,900.
Existing Health Monitoring Capabilities:
- The Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 currently boast health monitoring features, including blood oxygen saturation tracking, heart rate measurement, detection of irregular heart rhythms, and functioning as an ECG monitor.
- Powered by custom S9 SiP chipsets and running on WatchOS 10, the Watch Series 9 claims to be Apple’s first carbon-neutral product.
Conclusion: As Apple strives to redefine the wearables landscape, the forthcoming Apple Watch models are poised to revolutionize health monitoring. With an emphasis on advanced features and a potential redesign, Apple aims to ensure that users find compelling reasons to upgrade, aligning with its commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the smartwatch industry.