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Apple Watch was supposed to have more health and fitness features

by Killian Bell | February 17, 2015February 17, 2015 5:05 am PDT

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Apple wanted its first Watch to do even more for health and fitness tracking, but many of the features it originally wanted to integrate had to be cut, a new report claims. The Cupertino company was forced to make changes when it found some sensors just weren’t accurate enough.

Apple has already placed great focus on the Apple Watch’s fitness tracking features, which include the ability to monitor heart rate and sleep, and track steps and other activity. But had the company been able to implement its original plan, Watch could have done a whole lot more.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple originally envisioned the ability to monitor blood pressure, stress levels, and “other things,” but several factors meant those features had to be cut.

Some of the features would have required government regulation, which Apple wanted to avoid, the report says, while others simply weren’t reliable enough; the sensors Apple sourced simply didn’t meet its famously high standards.

The Journal explains that the sensors for certain functions produced inconsistent results and unpredictable variables. Results could be skewed simply by altering the tightness of the Watch’s strap, or depending on the hairiness of the wearer’s arm.

After dropping certain features, Apple’s executive team was reportedly left with a device they weren’t really sure what to do with. They were left wondering what would draw customers in or how they should market the device.

Eventually, Apple settled on the Watch that was announced last fall, and it’s thought the company has every confidence in it. It is so confident, in fact, that it has ordered around 6 million units from its suppliers for the first quarter alone.

Half of those are thought to be Apple Watch Sport models — the more affordable offering — while another third is made up of mid-tier Apple Watch models.

Apple Watch is scheduled to go on sale this April, and if previous Apple products are anything to go by, we’ll see improved versions each and every year. You can bet that all those health and fitness features Apple cut will make their way into its wearable eventually.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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