Apple Watch rumors look to new features arriving via update

The Apple Watch is out, and between all the reviews you’ve had the chance to check out, and maybe even the opportunity to try one on for yourself, there’s a good chance by now that you know exactly what to expect. At least, you might know what the Watch does now, but this thing is driven by software, and as Apple makes available new code, its feature set only promises to grow. So what does Apple have in mind for some new capabilities it might bring the smartwatch? Some new rumors suggest a number of features that could be finding their way to the Apple Watch soon.

Well, you may know how capable the Apple Watch heart rate monitor hardware is, and while it’s still unclear if Apple will ever deliver some kind of pulse oximeter mode, there’s word that it might be thinking about a feature that would detect irregular heartbeats and notify the user. Then again, a diagnostic feature like that could be a hornet’s nest of legal concerns, so it may never actually happen.

A little more likely to arrive might be a “Find my Watch” feature that can locate or secure a misplaced Apple Watch. There could be a leashing mode that alerts users when Apple Watches and their paired iPhones are moved too far apart, but precise details on the system aren’t yet clear – and the rumor arrives with the warning that the ability may wait for a more robust wireless chip on a future Apple Watch model.

We also hear about plans to support watch face widgets called “Complications” that could offer simple status alerts, and word of tight Apple Watch integration with the next-gen Apple TV, anticipated to launch at WWDC.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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