Apple Watch

By Aditi Pai April 15, 2015
Just two days after Jawbone announced that it will finally ship its heart rate tracking wearable, UP3, even though the tracker will not be waterproof as initially advertised, an anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that American Express is working with Jawbone to add payment features to a future wearable. According to the report, American Express cardholders who buy this future Jawbone...
By Aditi Pai April 14, 2015
WebMD's Apple Watch app The Apple Watch is set to launch in just a few days. And in the past few weeks, a number of health and wellness-focused companies have announced their soon-to-launch Apple Watch apps. At the end of March, MobiHealthNews counted at least 19 new health and fitness apps that were announced for the Apple Watch. Since then, there's been at least another 18. Here are 18 more...
By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2015
It's no surprise that 94 percent of consumers currently enrolled in wellness programs have heard of the Apple Watch, given how much buzz is surrounding the forthcoming wearable. Perhaps more surprising is that less than half are interested in buying one. HealthMine surveyed 750 consumers enrolled in wellness programs and found that only 42 percent were willing to buy an Apple Watch. Six percent...
By Aditi Pai March 31, 2015
Apple's newest offering, the Apple Watch, is set to launch April 24th. When the watch launches in a few weeks, Apple will launch a new section in its app store specifically for Apple Watch apps. The Apple Watch, which was announced September 2014, will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will extrapolate further data...
By Aditi Pai March 12, 2015
Apple has stopped selling a number of fitness tracking devices in its stores recently, including Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker, and, as Re/Code reported this morning, Jawbone Up24, Nike FuelBand SE, and Mio's wristworn heart rate tracker. Apple pulled the devices just about a month before it plans to launch its own activity tracker, the Apple Watch. Apple also no longer carries Misfit's...
By Brian Dolan March 2, 2015
Apple hasn't changed any of the health sensors or features of its soon-to-launch Apple Watch device since it first announced it last fall. That may be common knowledge to most, but there seems to be a growing number of people who believe Apple scrapped its health features in February. Well, it didn't. A few weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published a must-read exclusive that reported Apple had...
By Aditi Pai February 19, 2015
President Barack Obama is considering using an Apple Watch because of its fitness capabilities, according to a recent interview with Re/Code Cofounder Kara Swisher. “I don’t have a Fitbit yet, but I work out hard,” he told Swisher. “Word is these Apple Watches might be a good companion for my workouts. So I’m gonna see, I’m gonna test it out." Obama continued: "I don’t want to give Tim Cook too...
By Jonah Comstock February 18, 2015
Samsung's Gear Fit. With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for "smart wearable bands" -- any wristworn device that can run third-party applications -- is Samsung. Meanwhile, the "basic wearable band" market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can't run apps, is still led by Fitbit. The...
By Jonah Comstock February 18, 2015
It seems like everybody's talking about fitness device accuracy these days. A small study at the University of Pennsylvania found that out of clip-on pedometers, wristworn wearables, and apps, the wristworn devices were the least accurate. Another study, from the American Council on Exercise, found a range of accuracy levels for step counting on wearable devices, but found them lacking when it...
By Jonah Comstock February 17, 2015
When Apple finally announced the Apple Watch smartwatch last October, many in the healthcare space were a little underwhelmed. The killer health device that a slew of recent hires had led us to expect was nowhere to be seen, with Apple opting instead for a flashy device that doesn't track any more than what available fitness trackers already cover. The Wall Street Journal published a report that...