According to Bloomberg, Apple is likely to equip the next-generation Apple Watch with an entirely new sensor that has the capability to detect elevated blood pressure levels. It is pertinent to note that the watch would still be unable to provide exact systolic and diastolic measurements and will only sound a warning when it detects signs of hypertension.
However, the ability to replace a full-fledged sphygmomanometer is under consideration and might as well become a reality several years down the line. Currently, the plan is to have a new blood pressure journal so users can track their hypertension and note what was happening when it occurred.
For sleep apnea detection, the next-generation Apple Watch will monitor a person’s sleeping and breathing habits and generate a report indicating whether they suffer from the condition or not. If detected, a companion app will recommend the next logical steps, usually involving following up with a doctor.
Besides the aforementioned feature additions, the 2024 edition of the Apple Watch will also likely receive a design update, allowing Apple to add these new capabilities, such as additional sensors and a larger display.
In addition to these Apple Watch-centric health-focused features, Apple is reportedly working on enhancing the capability of its AirPods to transform them into over-the-counter hearing aids. There is a paid health coaching service under consideration as well, in addition to new anti-anxiety and workout features designed for the Vision Pro Mix reality headset.