How the Apple Watch will help you take charge of your health

“Looking at its hardware, the Apple Watch might not seem all that different from other wearables: a touchscreen display, a heart rate sensor, haptic feedback for taps and notifications, a mic for voice controls,” Christina Bonnington reports for Wired. “Even so, it is poised to have a major impact on connected health management. As with the iPhone, it’s the software that will move the needle.”

“After revealing its watch to the world in late September, Apple gave developers access to the Apple Watch API (WatchKit) in November. Developers currently have only limited access, but it’s becoming clear that won’t keep it from becoming a powerful, popular consumer tool, particularly with regards to health management. Services focused on tracking health will be able to use the Watch interface to display relevant, up-to-the-minute statistics in a way that’s more convenient than on a smartphone, or on a monitoring device’s screen,” Bonnington reports. “It will do this using the processing power of your iPhone, rather than a mobile chip onboard the watch itself, and updates will be sent to the watch wirelessly.”

“Managing a chronic disease often requires long-term changes to a person’s lifestyle” Bonnington reports. “Malay Gandhi, managing director at Rock Health, says that giving people continuous feedback, prompting and reminding them at the right times, is key to inducing those sorts of lifestyle changes. Wrist-based notifications are perfect for this.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. All I want from AppleWatch is accurate and reliable health-monitoring from those advanced sensors. That and a half-way decent battery life isn’t too much to ask for. I’m really active in the summertime and I’d like to track bodily stats and hopefully AppleWatch should be able to do the job. Better late than never.

    Apart from today’s unusual share price rise, the good news is Apple’s P/E ratio (17.92) is finally higher than Microsoft’s P/E ratio (17.82) if only by a tenth of a point. I’ve been waiting to see this for a long, long time. Apple is finally getting some fair value out of Wall Street. But look what had to happen. Microsoft had a middling quarter and Apple had an all-time epic quarter and that’s all Apple was able to coax out of Wall Street.

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