Rumors have been swirling for some time about Apple’s intention to integrate Blood Glucose Monitoring via the Apple Watch into its health services. Although it was reported earlier this year that the company had made significant progress in development, a new report suggests it could be several years before the feature is available.
According to a recent newsletter by Mark Gurman, it could be between three and seven years before the Apple Watch has blood glucose monitoring capabilities. Gurman clarifies that Apple needs to perfect the algorithms and built-in sensors required for the feature and shrink the technology to fit the Apple Watch.
Apple has been pursuing this goal for a long time. The company reportedly began working on it in 2010, acquiring RareLight, working with Avolante Health LLC, and then transitioning to Exploratory Design Group (XDG).
Although progress has been made, algorithms still need to be refined and onboard sensors improved before the feature can be rolled out. It’s important to remember that it’s not possible to fit multiple sensors into a small unit like the Apple Watch every year, so it’s understandable why the company is taking its time.