Dual SIMS Possible Coming IPhone And Apple Watch, Watch May Get Glucose Monitoring

Posted: Apr 13 2017, 5:44am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 14 2017, 5:45am CDT, in Rumors | Apple

Apple may Support Dual SIMS on Coming iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple is working on tech for the Apple Watch Series 3 that could allow diabetics to monitor glucose levels

One of the big features that the iPhone line has been missing for many users, especially for those in developing nations, is the ability to use more than one SIM. Having support for more than one SIM card means that you can have two numbers on the smartphone without having to carry two devices. A new rumor is making the rounds that suggests that the coming iPhone 8 might have dual SIM card slots or perhaps support even more numbers.

Apple rumors have suggested for years that Apple wanted to ditch SIM cards altogether and move to an eSIM. What that move would allow Apple to do is save space inside the smartphone and improve water resistance. An Apple patent has shown that Apple has some interest in smart SIM cards.

The patent outlines why and how Apple may transition from normal SIM cards to eSIMs in the future. Apple would have to get mobile carriers to go along with its vision though and traditionally those carriers have been reluctant to move away from SIM cards. The patent talks about ways that eSIMs and normal SIM cards could work together in the same device. The system would support a traditional nanoSIM and have integrated eSIM tech that would allow at least one more SIM card to be installed on the phone.

The SIM and eSIM would interact via wireless protocols like WiFi and Bluetooth. These patent apps were filed for in late 2016 suggesting this is tech that Apple has a current interest in. That is no guarantee that the new eSIM tech will show up in the coming iPhone models or the Apple Watch, but those would be the likely places and would help Apple to bring features that users have wanted for years to the iPhone.

Another new rumor has turned up that talks about what sort of things the Apple Watch Series 3 might be able to do. According to the latest rumor reported by Alphr, Apple is working on a new sensor that could make the Apple Watch a must-have device for people with diabetes. The rumor has Apple working on glucose monitoring sensors that would go into the Apple Watch and allow monitoring of glucose levels without having to prick fingers and draw blood.

This rumor indicates that Apple has hired about 30 biomedical engineers to develop a system that can monitor blood sugar levels. The addition of this sensor would make the Apple Watch Series 3 a serious medical gadget and the price would certainly be offset for diabetics used to spending significant money on glucose meters and diabetic test strips each year.

Reports indicate Apple has been looking into this sort of medical tech for the last five years, since it purchased a company called Cor. Cor specialized in sensors for the body and now the tech could wind up in the next Apple Watch.

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