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  • Apple's Jay Blahnik Speaks about the Apple Watch and its Future in a Recent Interview

    In a recently published interview, Jay Blahnik, Apple’s director of Fitness and Health Technologies, spoke about the Apple Watch hardware and software, explaining how the device came to be along with discussing its merits as a fitness monitor and where he thinks its headed in the future. Blahnik offered rare, unfiltered insight into Apple’s first dive into the wearables market.

    According to Blahnik, while the Apple Watch was in its planning phase, Apple wanted to distill fitness and health tracking down to its essentials. The idea helped bring the Apple Watch’s Activity app to life. The app visualizes preset fitness goals as three concentric rings, which stand for Move, Stand and Exercise. Blahnik had the following to say regarding the matter:

    The team really focused on saying, 'As fitness and activity and trends come and go, what would always be a good recommendation?'. It came down to sit less, move more, and get some exercise.
    He claims that small features and functions such as the Activity rings help to set the Apple Watch apart from the competition as an effective motivational tool that is capable of pushing both athletes and sedentary users to modify their everyday routines. Blahnik continued by saying the following:

    Like everyone, I'm addicted to closing the rings. I'll find myself going for that extra walk around the block at 9 p.m. if a ring isn't closed.
    Apple’s watchOS 2 is said to feature mid-week Activity summaries that plot stats out on a graph, giving users even more incentives to complete their goals. This brought to light that the Apple Watch also stands out thanks to its temporal movement tracking feature. Unlike other fitness trackers in the market, the Apple Watch keeps a constant tab on a user’s movement, allowing for a more granular breakdown of how and when calories were burned. The device can even go as far as determining a user’s fitness level over time to accurately calculate calories burned.

    One of the other features that helps the Apple Watch stand out is Stand, which helps fight sedentary behavior by reminding users to stay active throughout the day. Even elite athletes are supposedly learning more about their sedentary tendencies all thanks to the Apple Watch according to Blahnik. He said the following regarding the matter:

    We're hearing from elite athletes who say, 'I never really thought I needed an activity tracker, because I get up in the morning and do a three-hour bike ride or I run ten miles. But I found out that I'm sitting a lot.' They're motivated by that. Or they're learning that they're actually burning more calories than they realized by moving throughout the day. It's not just a beginner sort of story.
    When it comes to the future of the Apple Watch, Blahnik said the next big thing for the device is the introduction of native apps, which are set to debut with the watchOS 2 this fall. For those of you who didn’t already know, the current iteration of the watchOS forces apps to offload data to a tethered iPhone for processing. Once the next iteration of the watchOS arrives, developers will be able to run apps natively and tap into the Apple Watch’s suite of onboard sensors to develop better offerings. This will allow for the creation of more robust apps.

    To top things off, Blahnik even hinted at future compatibility with connected health and fitness devices in the interview. These devices ranged from weight scales to bicycle training gear and more. As of right now, the Apple Watch’s connectivity options are limited to the iPhone and certain Bluetooth devices like the external heart monitors and headphones.

    As of right now, Apple is set to release watchOS 2 to customers this fall and is already in the beta testing process. We’ll have to wait and see how the updated watchOS is received by consumers.

    Source: Outside via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Jay Blahnik Speaks about the Apple Watch and its Future in a Recent Interview started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Until it can go a week w/out needing a re-charge and provide quality sleep tracking, I'll never have one. That's one of the most important aspects of the fitness arena .... tracking sleep. Nothing affects your health more other than not doing anything in life.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by edwilk55 View Post
      Until it can go a week w/out needing a re-charge
      A week without a recharge is really asking for a lot... I understand maybe some fitness trackers could do that, but that seems unrealistic at this point in battery technology especially for a watch that's handling calls, texts and more... I almost didn't buy the first round of apple watch just because supposedly the battery life was junk... I use my watch frequently throughout the day to control music and do a bunch of texts, when I get home at 8 or 9 pm I still have between 40-50 percent battery life... I could probably make it almost two work days before the battery is dead... It's funny to me that I used to replace 2-4 AA batteries every other day on my walkman or discman and I never heard anyone complain about battery life back then, now society is so spoiled and complains that they have to charge their phone or watch at the end of the day...