Apple Watch

By Aditi Pai August 31, 2015
In the second quarter of 2015, Apple shipped 3.6 million units of the Apple Watch globally, just under Fitbit's 4.4 million units, according to a report on wearable devices from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Fitbit still has the largest market share, 24.3 percent, though its share is 6 percent less than it was in the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, Apple, which only began shipping ...
By Aditi Pai August 27, 2015
The demand for wearable devices, which include fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and other sensor-enabled devices, has decreased after reaching a high point in January, according to an Argus Insights report compiled from approximately 328,000 consumer reviews since January 2014. Argus explained that over the last 18 months, the wearable market has grown significantly. Demand was slow at...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2015
During a campaign stop in Iowa this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted the importance of telemedicine, Politico reported this morning. The entire speech is available from Clinton's campaign, but here's the relevant passage: "And we also need to do better on health care. Decades ago, I led a commission on rural health in Arkansas that worked on increasing access in remote parts...
By Jonah Comstock August 18, 2015
In a rare interview with Outside Magazine, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, spoke about the Apple Watch's impact on users' fitness since it launched, the importance of the Stand ring, and how integration with third-party apps will change the game. Once third party Apple Watch apps are able to integrate with the Watch's sensors, Apple still doesn't want them to...
By Aditi Pai July 22, 2015
In Apple’s second-quarter earnings call with investors, CEO Tim Cook highlighted three hospitals that were using the Apple Watch: Nebraska Medicine, Ochsner Health System, and London-based King’s College Hospital. Nebraska Medicine, which Cook said is the latest hospital to adopt the Apple Watch, has launched apps that help doctors and patients communicate. The provider’s apps also offer doctors...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2015
PillPack, the mail-order pharmacy that raised $50 million last June, has finally gone mobile, launching its first app, for iOS and Apple Watch. The PillPack app will be available to everyone, not just PillPack customers, and has several novel features for a medication reminder app. “The best solution to adherence is simplicity, and the PillPack design tackles this challenge physically with our...
By Jonah Comstock July 1, 2015
Novartis has released a new Apple Watch and Android Wear app geared at helping visually-impaired people navigate their environment. The app is one of two Via Opta apps that have been available on the iPhone since August 2014, but a new upgrade adds additional features and brings Via Opta Nav onto a wearable for more convenient navigation. “Novartis is committed to providing innovative solutions...
By Aditi Pai June 30, 2015
The commercial availability of the Apple Watch has not significantly affected Fitbit's sales, according to a report from Slice Intelligence, which aggregates data from online e-receipts. The company says it collects data from a panel of more than 2.5 million online shoppers. Although the Apple Watch is a smartwatch and not a dedicated fitness device, like Fitbit's devices, when Apple first...
By Brian Dolan June 18, 2015
Fitbit Surge This morning San Francisco-based Fitbit debuted its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange after increasing the price of its shares to $20 apiece: The IPO raised $732 million, making it the biggest consumer electronics IPO in history, according to Dealogica. The stock began trading on the NYSE above $30 a share. According to CNBC, the average Fitbit insider,...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2015
Walgreens, which partnered with MDLive to offer telemedicine services in two states last December, has added three more states to its rollout and announced that MDLive video visits will now be available on desktop computers and tablets, in addition to smartphones. Colorado, Washington, and Illinois will join California and Michigan on the list of states where Walgreens offers virtual doctor...