{Tech Thursday} Is Apple Gray-ifying the Apple Watch?

Artemis & Leto, Artemis and Leto, A&L Studio, iPhone, iPad, iOS app development, Tech Thursday, Apple Watch

Apple recently announced several features in the newest generation of its Apple Watch that seem to be of particular use to older folks. Interesting.

As I watched Apple’s big annual announcements event last week, I noticed something interesting: The new Apple Watch (Series 4) had several features that would be great for many older folks.

Fall Detection

Apple has added a new and apparently fancier accelerometer and gyroscope to the Apple Watch (Series 4). This means, they say, that it can detect when you’ve taken “a hard fall.”  Additionally, you can set it up so that an emergency call will be placed if you are unresponsive for 60 seconds after a fall is detected. Falling, and the injuries that can result, are something that particularly impacts older folks.

Heart Monitoring

Coming later this year, the Apple Watch (Series 4) will be able to continuously monitor your heart rhythm. And, when the Watch’s sensors detect arrhythmia (aka, an irregular heart rhythm), it will notify you. This will, hopefully, increase early detection and, therefore, allow you and your doctor to act quickly.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) Capability

Also available later in 2018, the Apple Watch (Series 4) will be able to give you an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading. Such data can indicate signs of atrial fibrillation, which is a really sucky irregular heart rhythm situation. 

Closing Thoughts

So, is Apple starting to cater more specifically to the older market? It seems likely. They’d be smart to do so given the increasing size of this age group. This is especially true in places like Europe and Japan. And, with A&L Studio being a budding iPhone/iPad app development studio, it’s nice to see Apple focusing on older folks’ needs like we are attempting to do. Let’s see what the future brings.

Out of curiosity, would you like to see A&L Studio build Apple Watch apps sometime in the future? Please leave your thoughts below in the Reply section, or reach out to us on Twitter (@ArtemisandLeto). 

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Inspired by Apple to help serve older folks? Why not try iOS (including Apple Watch) app development! Check out this {Tech Thursday} article, where we list the Top 9 things you’ll need to get started! 

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