This is how the Apple Watch needs to change in 2024

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The Apple Watch Ultra 2 abutting to the aboriginal Apple Watch Ultra.Apple Watch Ultra 2 (left) abutting to the Apple Watch Ultra Joe Maring / Digital Trends

2023 wasn’t a actual agitative year for the Apple Watch. Sure, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 accept a new S9 processor that allows for localized Siri and the Double Tap gesture, but otherwise, not abundant has changed. There were no new sensors or improvements to array life, and the Ultra 2 is around identical to the aboriginal Apple Watch Ultra.

With a new year approaching, I’m acquisitive to see added big updates for the Apple Watch, abnormally as we abreast the 10-year celebration of back the aboriginal Apple Watch was announced. Here’s what I’d adulation to see from the Apple Watch in 2024.

Non-invasive claret glucose tracking

iPhone 15 Pro assuming One Drop app and kit.Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

This is apparently a few years off, but I would adulation to see Apple accommodate a anatomy of non-invasive claret glucose ecology into the Apple Watch. It’s a affection that I’ve been acquisitive to see for years, and I’d pay top dollar to accept that in my abutting Apple Watch.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2018, and admitting my case is balmy compared to added people, I absitively to get a glucose adviser to accumulate tabs on my circadian claret amoroso levels. Though I’ve gotten acclimated to pricking my feel with a lancet assorted times a day, it’s not my admired affair to do in the world. And yes, I’m acquainted that there are connected glucose monitors, but those can be expensive. The anticipation of additionally accepting to bore my bark for a sensor that aloof stays there affectionate of freaks me out, too.

My iPhone and Apple Watch accept been admired accoutrement in allowance me administer my diabetes throughout the years. I dream of the Apple Watch actuality able to advice adviser my claret glucose after accepting to stick any all-overs or sensors into my skin. While absolutely accurate readings may not be possible, it would still help, alike if it’s primarily geared against those who are still in the prediabetic stages.

Again, we apparently won’t see this affectionate of technology in the Apple Watch, or any added smartwatch or bloom wearable, in the abutting few years. But Apple has been alive on it, and I’ll accumulate my fingers crossed.

Blood burden monitoring

Taking a claret burden altitude on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Surprisingly, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 did not acquaint any new bloom sensors. I achievement that Apple has affairs for some new bloom additions in the abutting Apple Watch, and I anticipate claret burden ecology would be a acceptable one to consider.

When we anticipate of claret pressure, we anticipate of those blood burden cuffs that clasp and abbreviate our wrists and arms. How would that assignment with a smartwatch? Surprisingly, it’s already been done by Samsung with the Galaxy Watch 6 series, at atomic in the U.K. But it does crave a acceptable claret burden belt for calibration, so it’s added of a complement to what you already have rather than a abounding replacement.

I would adulation to see Apple do article agnate with the Apple Watch, alike if it requires a acceptable belt like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6. I don’t charge to adviser my claret burden as abundant as I charge to analysis my claret glucose levels, but it’s still addition accession I would like to accept available.

Non-proprietary wireless charging

The Apple Watch Series 9 on charge.Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

The Apple Watch, alternating with appealing abundant every added smartwatch, uses its own proprietary charger. In the case of the Apple Watch, it’s a alluring charging puck. The added contempo versions of the Apple Watch charging bogie accept been able of bound charging up the Apple Watch, and yeah, that’s great. But it’s still addition cable that I charge to accompany alternating back traveling.

I’d like to see Apple accomplish it accessible to allegation the Apple Watch via a approved wireless charging pad or alike through about-face wireless charging from Android phones. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch can do this, so it’s a little antic that the Apple Watch still needs a proprietary charger.

Or, apprehend me out: how about solar charging for the Apple Watch? This would additionally accomplish the Apple Watch added acceptable and eco-friendly back you wouldn’t charge to await on any affectionate of charger besides the sun, which is natural. Some smartwatches already do this already, like the Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar and Casio GA-B2100. Plus, with the Apple Watch able to ascertain how abundant time you absorb in aurora with watchOS 10, it’s a absolute befalling for Apple to bifold bottomward on these efforts.

The European Union legislation pushed Apple to assuredly get rid of Lightning and move to USB-C for the iPhone 15, so could the aforementioned appear with the Apple Watch? I abiding achievement so. Maybe not in 2024, but someday.

All-day anatomy temperature sensing

The aback of the Apple Watch SE 2 in its careful case.Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Apple added a anatomy temperature sensor starting with the Apple Watch Series 8, and it’s been included anytime since. However, it’s alone acclimated to clue nightly anatomy temperature while you abrasion the Apple Watch to sleep, and it’s accessible for ancestors planning with females.

I would like Apple to adapt the anatomy temperature sensor to clue your anatomy temperature throughout the day instead of aloof at night. As addition who doesn’t abrasion the Apple Watch Ultra to beddy-bye (it’s too beefy for that), I haven’t been able to get any absolute use out of the anatomy temperature sensor.

The temperature sensor would be abundant added advantageous if it could clue it during the day. For example, if I was advancing bottomward with article while it was still daytime, the temperature sensor could announce article was wrong. Limiting it to aloof caliginosity while sleeping isn’t as advantageous for me, and I’m abiding others anticipate the same.

Longer array life

Apple Watch Series 8 assuming how abundant array is remaining.Apple Watch Series 8 Joe Maring / Digital Trends

Though the Apple Watch Ultra has afflicted with best array life, the capital Apple Watch Series has not absolutely apparent any improvements in array life. We get the aforementioned archetypal 18 hours of battery, which is usually abundant to get through a distinct day, admitting you’ll accept to put it on the charger at some point.

Meanwhile, added fettle trackers and smartwatches, like the Garmin Vivoactive 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, can aftermost a few canicule on a distinct charge. I would adulation to see the approved Apple Watch aftermost at atomic two abounding canicule afore defective a allegation and conceivably alike bang up the array activity on the Ultra to accomplish the differences added substantial.

It’s aloof a little black that you can alone get best of a day with the approved Apple Watch compared to the competition. Hopefully, Apple can clasp in a bit of a bigger array in there.

Time for change

The Apple Watch Ultra with the Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch SE 2.(Left to right) Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

These are aloof a few things I would adulation to see in the Apple Watch for 2024, admitting some acceptable won’t happen. I was hardly aghast with the Series 9 and Ultra 2 this year, as they weren’t as game-changing as I hoped.

But abutting year will be 10 years back the Apple Watch was aboriginal appear — and it’s time for some big changes to come. After all, Apple did that with the iPhone X for the 10th celebration of the iPhone, so 2024 should accompany some big changes with the Apple Watch. I’ll be befitting my fingers crossed, and you should be, too.

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