Long-standing rumors about the Apple Watch with blood sugar monitoring have just gained notoriety. The telegraph and Forbes report that the British health technology company Rockley Photonics recently confirmed in the SEC that Apple is its largest customer in the last two years and that it has an ongoing deal to develop future products. Rockley’s focus has been on sensors that monitor blood sugar, blood pressure and even alcohol levels, suggesting that at least one of these features will be available in a future Apple Watch.
Until now, Apple’s support for diabetics has been limited to carrying third-party monitors in its stores.
There is no guarantee that a deal with Rockley will result in a delivery of products. However, Apple does not bother to focus the Apple Watch on health, and there is a lot of interest from the industry to develop wearable blood glucose sensors that do not require needles. If Apple can incorporate technology into a core product like the Watch, it could offer an advantage to anyone who is tired of pushing to keep their diabetes under control.
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