Now that the Apple Watch has launched to consumers, many folks are wondering what Apple’s planning to add to its smartwatch post-launch. Today a report emerged that claims to have details on that subject.
Sources speaking to 9to5Mac say that Apple’s got quite a few new features planned for the Apple Watch, but that not all of them will arrive in the near future. For example, it’s said that Apple might be planning a “Find my Watch” feature that’ll let owners find a lost Watch, as well as a “Smart Leashing” feature that could alert the wearer when the Watch’s paired iPhone is left behind. However, it’s said that those features might require a more powerful Wi-Fi chip than the one that’s currently in the Apple Watch, so they may be held until the next-gen unit.
Apple is also reportedly prepping some new health features for the Watch. The Cupertino firm is said to be toying with a way to alert wearers to an irregular heart beat, but that feature may never actually be released because of possible liability issues. Other upcoming health-related features include a blood pressure monitor, sleep tracking, and later on, glucose/blood sugar sensors.
Finally, Apple is rumored to be planning to allow third-party apps to have Complications on the Apple Watch face. Complications are small widgets that can be displayed on the watch face and show things like outdoor temperature, battery life, date, and calendar. It’s said that Apple is already working on a Twitter Complication that could, for example, display your unread mention count.
I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see most of these features make their way to Apple Watch. After all, health and fitness are already a major part of the Apple Watch’s feature set, and I’m sure that Apple wants to make it even more indispensable for wearers in the future. And we already know that Apple is planning to allow full-on third-party apps to run on the Watch in the future, so third-party watch face complications make sense so that those apps can communicate new info to the user at a glance.
What features would you like to see added to the Apple Watch in the future?