Apple researching whether its smartwatch can be used to detect heart problems

Apple researching whether its smartwatch can be used to detect heart problems

Today, Apple announced the new Apple Watch 3 will be rolling out several health and fitness features included with OS4, like smart activity coaching, new features for swimmers, Gym Connect and an enhanced heart rate monitor. If the Apple Watch proves effective as a tool for screening heart patients, it would propel it to a "must have", rather than "nice to have" device for many.

"This has been our vision from the very beginning" Apple's Jeff Williams said.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is more health-focused than ever, coming packaged with an improved heart rate monitor, and an interesting but mysterious medical study. The device, which will run watchOS 4, also supports GymKit, an API that lets users "connect to their favourite cardio equipment and experience two-way synchronization of data with just a tap". The new feature is "inspired by a lot of the letters we receive from customers who notice an unusually high heart rate when they wouldn't expect one", according to Williams. A call is made from the Apple Watch calling demonstration.

Let's stay with the fitness example. The watch will also be able to detect irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) - a leading cause of stroke.

The heart monitor will monitor a slew of new metrics, including resting heart rate and recovery heart rate after exercise.

Apple Watch is now the number 1 watch in the world, above Rolex, Fossil, Omega, Cartier claims Cook.

Apple's Tim Cook hinted at the company's interest in heart health applications in an interview with Fortune published on Monday, Farr reported. Are we all going to start forking over even more money to the carriers now that we can use data on our wrists everywhere all the time?

He said "The Apple Watch is created to help people stay active and motivated so they can have a better day". The future is freedom to move.