Apple Watch, which the Cupertino, California-based technology mammoth is planning to debut in April this year features a range of enticing features, but not all the company had originally planned. Apple had many more health-oriented features that it had planned to add in the Watch but couldn’t due to consistency issues and government regulations, the Wall Street Journal reports. Also Read - watchOS 8 announced: You Apple Watch gets lots of new health features and more
The company had originally planned to lace the Watch with an array of sensors for fitness-centric features. These sensors would add to the Watch the ability to track stress, blood pressure among other things. But when Apple demonstrated the Watch at the new iPhone unveiling event in September last year, those sensors were nowhere to be found. Also Read - Apple Watch can soon measure blood pressure, blood glucose and alcohol level: Report
The report claims that in addition to inconsistency issues — something Apple could have arguably sorted by the time of launch, it also had to deal with several government regulations which — as the report claims — Apple wanted to avoid. Also Read - iOS 14.5 update: How to unlock your Apple iPhone with the face mask on
As for the inconsistency, some features didn’t meet Apple’s quality standard. These sensors apparently gave different reading with the tightness of the watch as well as hair density in wearer’s arm.
The report also claims that Apple Watch was originally intended to be a health-centric wearable — which is also in line with multiple reports from last year — but as the company saw several health-oriented features eclipse, it tried to fill in the gaps by offering other features such as messaging tool. The sources of the publication note that these features that Apple had to drop could appear in the later versions down the line.
The report also claims that the company is looking to manufacture 5-6 million Apple Watch units for the April launch. Of this voluminous number, about 50 percent of them will be Apple Watch Sport edition and 33% will be the standard Apple Watch and about 17 percent gold Apple Watch Edition model. The basic variant of the Watch is expected to cost around $350, but the Gold edition could sell for $4,000.