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Apple Preps Multiple Smartwatches

Wearable devices will include sensors to track health and fitness, according to sources.

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User Rank: Apprentice
6/24/2014 | 11:06:11 AM
Boring Routine
We've been hearing this for so long that it's becoming a boring routine now. What's really – and hopefully – interesting is the iWatch.
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
6/23/2014 | 3:50:56 PM
Re: Glucose
An iWatch -- fashionable or not -- really needs to feature something special for me to hop onboard. The "convenience" factor just doesn't cut it for me.
User Rank: Author
6/20/2014 | 4:36:50 PM
Re: Glucose
Earlier today i saw (yet another!) study on mHealth adoption, but this one focused specifically on Apple's influence. The researchers credit Apple with bolstering the market and expect Apple's smartwatch to further explode the market. They don't have a lot of stats to support this; the report didn't include any leaked pre-orders, for example. If Apple has figured out the way to encourage physicians and others to 'prescribe' these devices to the millions of diabetics, overweight, people with heart problems, as well as those interested in health, fitness, diet, etc., then I'd say they're onto a great thing. If insurance covered a percentage of these devices or they were included in health saving accounts, I'd imagine that would further propel hardware sales, especially now consumers are more and more responsible for more of their own health costs (through higher premiums and/or deductibles). 

I predict we'll see that happening, although i don't know if it will be in 2015. But certainly one day in the not too distant future, you'll be able to write off your Fitbit, Apple iWatch, or $1.99 nutrition app, i'd guess.
User Rank: Author
6/20/2014 | 3:44:32 PM
Apple wearable fashion
Would a real fashion statement by Apple change your mind about wearables, readers?
User Rank: Ninja
6/20/2014 | 3:29:29 PM
Re: Glucose
Do people need to strap an iPhone to their wrist? I don't see a unmet need for something like this. However, we all know about Apple's propensity to create something that many of us didn't know we even needed, so there you go. 
User Rank: Ninja
6/20/2014 | 12:23:05 PM
The iWatch is kind of, been there, done that when it comes to wearables - it won't be particularly groundbreaking. However, if Apple can nail down the glucose testing without breaking the skin - and if it's Apple, you know that tech is patented - then that would be something truly groundbreaking and considering the adoption it would see in the healthcare community alone, could make the iWatch a real winner. 
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