In a report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who extensively covered the upcoming features of the Apple Watch next year, it was revealed that the device will soon be capable of measuring blood pressure. Additionally, Gurman provided several insights into Apple’s advancements in the health sector.
One noteworthy aspect is that Apple’s engineering team had previously attempted to develop compatibility between the Apple Watch and the Health app with Android devices. The intention behind this was to expand their market reach to countries where the iPhone has a relatively smaller market share. Moreover, it would have opened up opportunities in the vast Android market, which boasts billions of smartphones.
However, this ambitious project was nearly completed but eventually cancelled. The report does not specify the exact period when this occurred. The main reason behind the cancellation was that if the Apple Watch could function with Android devices, it would diminish its value in conjunction with the iPhone. For Apple, the priority lies in persuading Android users to switch to iPhone, as this represents the most significant opportunity for growth.
TLDR: Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch will introduce blood pressure measurement capabilities. Despite initially trying to develop compatibility between the Apple Watch and Android devices, the project was cancelled to maintain the exclusivity and value of the watch alongside the iPhone. Apple’s primary focus remains on enticing Android users to switch to iPhone.