Apple Watch likely won’t get blood glucose monitoring features for 3-7 years

In his latest “Power On” newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the Apple Watch likely won’t get blood glucose monitoring features for another 3-7 years.

Why? Apple “still needs to perfect the algorithms and on-board sensors” to bring the technology to market. And the tech giant also needs to “shrink it down to the size of a module that can fit in the small and thin package that is an Apple Watch.”

Gurman says the goal of Apple’s secret endeavor — dubbed E5 — is to measure how much glucose is in someone’s body without needing to prick the skin for blood. After hitting major milestones recently, the company now believes it could eventually bring glucose monitoring to market, he adds.

This is a feature that’s been rumored for a years. In 2017, CNBC reported that Apple has had a small team of biomedical engineers working on a secret initiative to develop non-invasive glucose sensors in what it hopes would be a game-changer for diabetes treatment, The effort — apparently under way for at least five years, and envisioned originally by co-founder Steve Jobs — hopes to be the first to track blood sugar levels accurately without piercing the skin. One source said the team is working on optical sensors that might shine a light through the skin for measurement.

Though the CBNC story concentrated on diabetes monitoring, optical sensors could also measure blood glucose levels. And Apple is increasingly positioning the Apple Watch as a health/fitness tool.

This info from Gurman is from the free edition of “Power On”. If you like it, consider subscribing to—you’ll receive the newsletter earlier and get exclusive access to a Q&A section.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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