“As the Apple Watch prepares to turn three, Apple’s preeminent wearable has hit an interesting inflection point,” Dan Moren writes for Macworld. “It’s neither the raw, ‘does everything and the kitchen sink’ device that it was when the company first announced it, but neither is its path forward obvious.”

“With an Apple Watch Series 4 probably on the horizon, what is there left to expect?” Moren writes. “What’s going to keep the Apple Watch ticking away — if you’ll pardon the expression — into the next decade.”

“Given Apple’s general drive to constantly make its devices smaller and thinner, it’s impressive that the Watch has stayed the same for this long. Apple has instead focused on squeezing more and more power into the existing chassis,” Moren writes. “I think Apple’s plenty happy with the shape of the Apple Watch… [it’s] square screen has become one of its most defining features… Look for Apple to follow its traditional pattern of making cases thinner, shrinking bezels, and having the display become an even more prominent part of the device.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Health and fitness – and health insurance benefits for wearing an Apple Watch should be Apple’s continued focus.

As we wrote last September:

Next we need a way for Apple Watch to detect smokers and charge them more, too. People who make the effort to be healthy, regardless of whether they actually are lucky enough to be healthy or not*, should pay less for their health insurance as they tax the system far less than those who are sedentary, obese and/or smoke. Just as life insurance costs more for those who live unhealthy lifestyles, their health insurance should cost more, too. (Life insurers should utilize Apple Watches in much the same way.)

*If a person is obese for reasons beyond a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle, who is actively trying to be healthy as shown by their Apple Watch, but other conditions prevent fat loss (Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, hormonal imbalances, Syndrome X, medications, etc.) they should get a lower rate than those who are simply leading sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles. Most cases of obesity are due to sedentary lifestyles and consuming more calories than required, not medical conditions.

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