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Apple’s next wearable might not be a new Apple Watch

Published Aug 9th, 2016 6:00PM EDT

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Apple is often advised to launch new products that will ensure the company’s future beyond the iPhone, but the company is yet to make any announcements. The Apple Watch marks the latest new product entry for the company, a highly successful product that’s often downplayed in the media. Reports based on indirect evidence and Apple’s own statements suggest that the Apple car or VR – or both? – might be the company’s next big things. B

ut a fresh report out of Asia indicates Apple might launch a whole new product next year, one that’s not related to the car or VR industries. Instead, we’re looking at a new Apple Watch flavor that might not be included in the Apple Watch family because of its sophisticated health features.

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The new wearable device might debut alongside next year’s iPhone, which is expected to be a special edition handset to celebrate Apple’s 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

According to the Economic Daily News, the device has been at least two years in the making, and it focuses on health. The unnamed personal gadget will “accurately collect users’ personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information,” according to the publication.

Developed by Jay Blahnik’s health team, the device is expected to “set off a new whirlwind” within the technology industry.

The wearable will feature 3D Touch support, which will play a major role in the new device. Furthermore, Macotakara suggests that Apple developed a “revolutionary idea” with the new product when it comes to its power supply.

Other details, however, aren’t available. Images of the device are also absent.

Apple is tapping suppliers at this time, looking to finalize the product for a 2017 launch. TSMC, Foxconn, TPK, Zhen Ding Technology, and others, are apparently going to produce parts for the device, and manufacture it for Apple.

Apple’s interest in healthcare is well-known. Even before the Apple Watch was launched, reports detailing the then-called iWatch suggested the gadget would have advanced powers when it comes to health data collection and monitoring. That didn’t quite happen, but Apple expanded its health products on the iPhone, where it launched various initiatives, including HealthKit, ResearchKit, and Care Kit, to complement the iPhone and Apple Watch.

A more advanced health device seems to be a natural progression for Apple. It’ll be interesting, however, to find out why this exciting new product can’t simply be a more advanced version of the Apple Watch.

Apple is expected to launch an Apple Watch 2 this year, alongside the iPhone 7.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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