Next generation Apple Watch should appease health fanatics with even more sensors

Tim Cook and company's one more thing this year already launched with a number of skin sensors to measure heart rate and keep the Apple Watch secure when using it for payments with Apple Pay, but health fanatics may want to sit out the first generation. Though the Apple Watch does plenty, Apple is said to be bundling even more sensors to expand the Apple Watch's health tracking capabilities in a future hardware revision.

"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," Reuters reported.

Given that the Apple Watch won't be available for purchase until 2015, Apple may not have announced all of the device's features. So while we may know many of the capabilities of the Apple Watch and its design, Apple could still have a one more thing when it comes to the Apple Watch's list of features.

Similarly, Motorola did not announce the heart rate sensor nor the wireless charging feature when the Moto 360 was introduced alongside Google's Android Wear platform, with disclosures of the full capabilities of the Moto 360 coming days ahead of the watch being made available for pre-orders. Apple may likely have a few surprises still in store for the Apple Watch to keep pundits on their toes.

Right now, despite the advanced capabilities of the Apple Watch, it still doesn't offer standalone sleep tracking or GPS tracking information without being tethered to an iPhone.

And Reuters admits that Apple may purposefully be building a low-key fitness product to stay under the FDA's radar to avoid additional regulatory scrutiny. Once the Apple Watch is considered a "health" rather than a fitness accessory, it may be subjected to additional FDA review.

What do you think of the Apple Watch and Apple's strategy? Will you be buying one come 2015 or will you be holding out for a second generation model that likely will do more?

Source: Reuters