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Apple Watch may soon let you check your blood glucose levels, feature likely coming next year

Apple has been listed as a client by a UK-based firm that manufactures photonics chips. Based on the work of the company, it is expected to supply glucose monitoring sensors to Apple for its Apple Watch in the coming years.

twitter-logoSarthak Dogra | May 3, 2021 | Updated 15:55 IST
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Highlights

  • Rockley Photonics has listed Apple as one of its few large customers.
  • The company manufactures sensors that can monitor a person's blood using infrared light.
  • The firm has a "supply and development agreement" with Apple.

Apple might have a big feature lined up for the future iterations of the Apple Watch. As per a recent SEC filing, it seems that upcoming models of Apple Watch will have glucose monitoring capabilities on them.

The regulatory documents have been filed by a UK-based startup called Rockley Photonics, as spotted by Telegraph. The company designs sensors that can monitor a person's blood using infrared light. The specialised sensors can monitor elements that are normally monitored using medical or specialised equipment.

The company recently revealed its financial standings as it plans to go public in New York soon. As per the filings, it has Apple listed as one of its "few large customers." Interestingly, the company claims that it earned 100 per cent of its revenue in 2020 from its two largest customers. However, it is not sure if Apple is one of them or not.

The listing, however, does point out an imminent detail that Apple is indeed a client of the UK firm. This directly points to the possibility that Apple is using the sensors by Rockley Photonics for one of its products, which is most likely to be the Apple Watch.

As per the listing, Rockley Photonics has a "supply and development agreement" with Apple. Apart from such deals, the company generates revenue from engineering fees for development work on future products.

Rockley CEO Andrew Rickman said that the technology developed by the company would possibly be in consumer products by 2022. However, he did not clarify if this would be an Apple product.

The dots connect if you look at the long-held speculation that Apple will bring glucose monitoring capability to Apple Watches. The company has reportedly been involved in patent applications for components, like the sensors by Rockley, that could monitor glucose levels through the skin. Such a method would eliminate the need of drawing the user's blood every time to monitor glucose level.

To think of it, that is the only natural progression for the smart wearable by Apple. Since Apple Watch already comes with an electrical heart rate sensor as its most hailed feature, the company is poised to double down on such non-invasive medical analysis for its wearable.

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