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Apple Watch Series 10 to have first all-new health sensor in four years

Published Mar 18th, 2024 10:11AM EDT
Apple Watch Ultra 2 with blood oxygen feature / Apple Watch ban
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After an interesting Apple Watch Series 9 release, Cupertino is said to be readying a significant Apple Watch Series 10 upgrade. While we have already reported on some of the expected features for this upcoming smartwatch, a new rumor says Apple is preparing to include a blood pressure checker for the first time ever.

In his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says, “All signs point to the new Apple Watch gaining a blood pressure checker this fall.” Still, there’s some bad news for current Apple Watch users. Gurman writes: “It doesn’t appear that the capability will be coming to current models.”

This is not the first time Gurman has reported on this blood pressure checker. Previously, he wrote that Apple wants to add this sensor in phases. That said, in the first iteration, it will just tell a user if their blood pressure is trending upward and offer a journal for the user to note what he was doing when hypertension occurred.

At all times, this function will tell users to talk to a doctor or check their blood pressure with a traditional cuff, Bloomberg report. On the other hand, a future version of the system will be able to provide exact numbers and even diagnose related conditions, but it remains “far off.”

With a new double tap gesture, users can easily control Apple Watch Series 9 using just one hand and without touching the display. Double tap controls the primary button in an app so it can be used to answer a phone call, stop a timer, play and pause music, or snooze an alarm.Image source: Apple

It’s also possible that sleep apnea detection is coming with Apple Watch Series 10. Also, according to Gurman, the sleep apnea detector would use sleep and breathing patterns to estimate whether someone has the condition and then direct users to see a physician.

Interestingly enough, it’s unclear if the Apple Watch Series 10 will feature the latest sensor added to an Apple Watch: Blood oxygen levels. In late 2023, the US government banned this feature from the current Series 9 and Ultra 2 models because Apple allegedly infringed two patents from another company. It’s still March, and although Apple can keep selling these watches, they can’t feature blood oxygen measurement.

That said, several features are coming to the Apple Watch Series 10, including an all-new design, processor, and more. Still, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has called this future upgrade possibly boring. Below, BGR compiled all the latest rumors.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.