Next Apple Watch could detect COVID-19 exposure easily
First Published 5, May 2020, 4:23 PM
According to a report, the Apple Watch already has a number of sensors that could effectively detect early signs of COVID-19 and the most important one may be on the way.
Apple and Google have issued new updates to their exposure notification apps (earlier called contact tracing technology) where apps are prohibited from seeking permission to access user’s location services.
On April 10, Google and Apple announced a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 through contact tracing, with user privacy and security core to the design.
Both the companies have provided developers with new resources to help them make exposure notification apps, including user interfaces (UI) and sample code for both iOS and Android.
In the latest, according to a report on Fast Company, the Apple Watch already has a number of sensors that could effectively detect early signs of COVID-19, and the most important one, a pulse oximeter may be on the way.
The company has always pushed to make its wearable something more than a fitness tracker, a more powerful, clinically relevant device.
With the sinking realisation that the coronavirus or future pandemics like it could be part of our lives for years to come, there could be no better time for Apple to push its development of the Watch harder in the direction it’s already heading.