Could new Apple Watch bands be coming with new built-in sensors? That’s what Czech site Letem Svetem Applem claims its sources have told them.
Unnamed sources have told the site new bands with built-in sensors are in the works, with an expected launch sometime in 2016. These new bands would reportedly have sensors for blood oxygen, respiratory rate, blood pressure and temperature, and would work through the Apple Watch’s existing diagnostics port, which can accept a charge.
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The placement of sensors on bands are reportedly to allow existing Apple Watch users to acquire these newer sensors, plus also prevent interference with the hardware’s existing heart rate sensor.
Last September, Reuters reported future versions of Apple Watch would include more health features in the form of additional sensors. These sensors were speculated to be delayed for the first generation to avoid FDA regulation and help launch initial sales of the device.
Apple is expected to announce a special event to unveil new iPhones on September 9, which could see the debut of new Apple Watch bands for the holidays, guesses John Gruber from Daring Fireball.