In what could be a game-changer for anyone suffering from diabetes, Apple is reportedly looking to include a non-invasive blood glucose sensor in the Apple Watch Series 7.
That’s according to a new report from ETNews, which explains that Apple would be able to offer a non-invasive way of monitoring blood glucose levels via optical sensor technology.
The report primarily focuses on the upcoming blood glucose monitoring features of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 but also notes that Apple is also expected to introduce the same feature with the Apple Watch Series 7 later this year.
If Apple and Samsung do offer this feature on their new smartwatches, there is no room for error. A reading that is off by a even a small amount can result in the user taking too much or not enough insulin. With the latter, the diabetic’s blood sugar remains too high and could affect things like the user’s eyesight. If too much insulin is injected, a diabetic could suffer from hypoglycemia and pass out.
Apple was among the first companies to bring ECG capabilities on a wearable to consumers at a reasonable price point. Since then, a number of wearables — including those from Samsung — have popped up in the market with similar capabilities.
The Apple Watch and its health features are critical for Apple and CEO Tim Cook has said he believes they could define Apple’s legacy. Cook once said that Apple’s “greatest contribution to mankind” would be in health.