- Apple Watch users have received a survey link by Apple through an email.
- A particular section on health monitoring in the survey asks for features and apps that the respondents make use of.
- The section specifically asks people if they make use of glucose monitoring apps.
The next Apple Watch has long been hinted to come with glucose monitoring capability. A new indicator for the same comes through a recent survey that Apple has sent out to Apple Watch users, asking them for their health monitoring habits through the device.
Apple has been sending out emails to Apple Watch users containing a link for the new survey. A particular section of the survey asks the users about the type of apps they use on their phones to monitor their health data.
The said section asks users about their most-used health-tracking features on the Apple Watch. These might include step counting, stairs climbed, activity rings, stand up reminders, or the Workout app.
Post this, the survey asks if the users make use of third-party apps for keeping a similar track of other health data. This may include tracking workouts, diets and nutrient intake and other health care practices like periodic checking on the blood glucose levels.
Such surveys are usually taken by OEMs to realise areas of improvements for their products. Listing the potential use of glucose monitoring apps on the survey means Apple is well aware of the feature being an important health tracking mechanism for people suffering from irregular glucose levels.
Similar functionality is long-anticipated to feature on Apple Watch too. Most recently, regulatory documents filed by a UK-based startup called Rockley Photonics hinted at this. The maker of healthcare monitoring sensors listed Apple as one of its "few large customers" in the filing. As per the listing, Rockley Photonics has a "supply and development agreement" with Apple.
The specialised sensors by Rockley can monitor a person's blood using infrared light, thus revealing information that is normally seen using medical or specialised equipment. The idea is to let users keep track of their glucose levels without having to draw blood every time.
The filing hinted that Apple might be sourcing its sensors to monitor glucose levels in the blood. Embedding these sensors on the Apple Watch will let Apple offer the much-awaited functionality to its users in the coming iterations of the device.