Leading up to the Apple Watch announcement, rumoured reports claimed the Mayo Clinic might be linked to the presentation somehow, as part of an emphasis on health-related features. That didn’t pan out at all, as the focus was mainly on fitness and fashion, reflecting the lines of Apple Watches available for purchase.
Reuters is now reporting unnamed sources claim future versions of Apple Watch will have more sensors and health features:
Two people familiar with Apple’s plans told Reuters the company is planning to unveil richer health features and additional sensors in later versions, the first iteration not hitting the market until early 2015.
The sources could not be identified because Apple’s plans for the watch are private.
As for the lack of health features at the presentation? Speculation is Apple is trying to position itself to avoid FDA regulation, claims law firm Epstein Becker Green:
“Apple probably is very intelligently positioning its products for use to maintain good health generally, which is a perfectly appropriate way to avoid FDA regulation,” said Bradley Merill Thompson, a Washington D.C.-based FDA specialist with the law firm Epstein Becker Green.
Apple surely will include new features and enhancements to the watch, as the ‘early 2015’ launch seems like a long time from now. CEO Tim Cook did say at the end of the presentation “it’d be worth the wait”.