Apple plans to add blood pressure monitoring and sleep apnea detection to the 2024 Apple Watch, according to a Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman and Drake Bennet (a subscription is required to read the article).
“The system is designed to just tell a user if their blood pressure is trending upward and to offer a journal for the user to jot down what was happening when hypertension occurred,” the article says. “To avoid potentially giving a misdiagnosis, the feature will then direct a user to talk to their doctor or check their blood pressure with a traditional cuff, which can provide exact systolic and diastolic measurements.”
The article adds that a future version of the system could provide exact numbers and even diagnose related conditions. Bloomberg adds that the 2024 Apple Watch will sport a sleep apnea detection feature that will use sleep and breathing patterns to estimate whether someone has the condition, and then direct users to see a physician.
Blood pressure monitoring has been rumored to be coming to the Apple Watch for some time. As for the 2024 smartwatch, Gurman said in an August edition of his Power On newsletter, that 2024 or 2025 will see Apple launch the “Apple Watch X,” the biggest redesign of its smartwatch ever. I think it will arrive next year.
The launch of the smartwatch will come in time for the 10th anniversary of the Apple Watch. Gurman says Apple is trying to make the Watch X thinner than previous model. He adds that it could also include a new magnetic attachment system for attaching and swapping bands.
I also think we’ll see an even bigger Apple Watch Ultra ion 2024. The current Ultra has a 1.93-inch display, while the 2024 version will be 10% larger with a 50mm case size, according to according to DigiTimes It’s also expected to be the first Apple Watch to adopt micro-LED display tech. DigiTimes is hit-or-miss when it comes to Apple product predictions, but I think they’re spot on with this rumor.
In February display analyst Jeff Pu claimed Apple will update the 2024 Apple Watch Ultra with a 2.1-inch micro-LED display. The new display tech will allow for a higher brightness output than the current Apple Watch and its OLED screen.