Sure, all those things helped make iPhone what it is today– a flat slab of glass and metal with round corners; a veritable miniature Mac in your pocket. One set of features we don’t hear anyone talk about much is Apple’s pioneering efforts in sensors. Check out the iPhone X technical specifications and you’ll see a bunch of sensors.
There’s Face ID, Barometer, the Three-axis Gyro, an Accelerometer, the Proximity sensor, and an Ambient light sensor. Apple Watch is similarly equipped but includes a Heart Rate sensor. You can bet your bottom dollar that Face ID will show up on future Macs and iPads. Face ID is more of a sensor array than a single line item on webpage of technical specs.
A growing number of reports have Apple Watch saving people’s lives thanks to the built-in Heart Rate sensor and alerts. Sure, Watch is a fashionable accessory thanks to a gazillion watchbands in all colors and materials. Yes, Watch is a good way to track exercise. And, of course Watch is just about a standalone device with it’s own Wi-Fi and LTE– a phone on your wrist that does not need an iPhone nearby.
Watch is an example of Apple’s foray into chip design– Watch uses Apple’s own designs– and sensors. Look at how far iPhone has traveled in a decade. Where will Watch be in five years? 10 years?
Already you can have a medical-grade EKG reading– from your Watch. It isn’t an exercise in fantasy to think that Apple Watch can take blood oxygen readings soon. What’s next? Body temperature? How about glucose monitoring? You can bet that Apple and others are working in those directions and elsewhere. The nature of technology is much like how Apple operates. Jumps forward, then iterative improvements; then another jump as breakthrough technology is adapted and adopted.
With more than one billion customers, I see personal health sensors as perfect for Apple, the hardware company. One day soon we’ll hear Siri say, “Jeffrey, you seem upset today. Is something bothering you? Your heart rate is high and blood pressure is elevated. Was it something your wife said?”
And, then, because Siri of the future will be always on and always listening, we’ll hear something like this: “Jeffrey, shall I tell you what your wife said that made you angry?“