Apple Watch Could Get Internal Glucose Monitoring, Accessory Smart Band More Likely

Posted: May 18 2017, 6:05am CDT | by , Updated: May 19 2017, 5:34am CDT, in Rumors | Apple

Apple Watch Could Get Internal Glucose Monitoring

New rumor suggests glucose monitoring could be an integral part of the Apple Watch, but Tim cook was spied testing something different

Reports have been flying around for a long time now that Apple has plans of putting a lot more medical features into the Apple Watch. One of the biggest features that Apple is working on according to these rumors is glucose monitoring. There are huge numbers of people around the world who have diabetes and the condition requires glucose monitoring by pricking fingers with needles and testing blood today.

Apple wants to change that and while some rumors have suggested this glucose monitoring capability will come via an external device that works with the Apple Watch, BGR has a report that suggests this won't be the case. This new rumor suggests that Apple has worked out a way to allow for monitoring of glucose levels without using an external device. The rumors stops short of saying exactly how this might happen.

The new rumor also suggests that Apple will be rolling out interchangeable smart bands for the Apple Watch that will add new features to the device. One of those rumored smart bands would be a battery to extend the runtime of the watch. Some rumors suggest that the glucose monitoring feature would be added via these accessory bands.

I think that adding glucose readings via the band makes more sense than as internal hardware. This would allow Apple to sell the Watch alone for those who don't need to monitor glucose levels. Having glucose monitoring as an integrated function of all Apple Watches doesn't make a lot of sense to me considering that the vast majority of Apple Watch users have no need for this capability. Having a Apple Watch that is a more generic device with a special band that allows non-invasive monitoring of glucose levels makes a lot of sense and would presumably be cheaper for those who aren't interested in the function on the standard watch.

Another smart band rumor hints that a band with a camera might be coming. BGR cites an unnamed source for its rumor and says that the source had an interesting quote to share stating Apple has, “identified the right part of the body and there’s so much more they can and intend to do with the watch."


A new twist to this rumor has now surfaced with MacRumors reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spied testing out a new glucose monitor that is connected to his Apple Watch. According to the report the glucose monitor that he has been seen testing reports blood sugar via the Apple Watch.

It's unclear exactly how the system works right now, there are no details on if the glucose monitoring tech is inside the watch Cook is testing or if this is one of those accessory smart bands that we talked about before. Previously Cook has stated that he doesn't want the Apple Watch to have to go through a FDA approval process.

Getting a medical device approved by the FDA is a very long and expensive proposition. If the glucose monitoring tech was inside the Apple Watch, the entire watch would need to go through that process. If Apple rolls out the glucose monitoring tech as an accessory, only that accessory would need to go through the FDA process.

The smart band would also mean that no new hardware would need to be integrated into the watch. I said previously that adding glucose monitoring tech to the Apple Watch made much more sense as an add-on than as internal hardware. The vast majority of people interested in an Apple Watch won't care about monitoring glucose levels.

It's not clear how Apple's wearable system works, there are currently some continuous glucose monitoring systems on the market and the Dexcom system connects to the iPhone. That system requires a sensor that is worn under the skin. Apple's system has consistently been called non-invasive which would indicate that it doesn't have a sensor worn under the skin. Anything that penetrates the skin wouldn't be non-invasive.

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