What it is: Apple may be designing their own processors for health sensors on the Apple Watch.
It’s no secret that Apple wants to custom design their own processors to optimize the performance of their products. Unlike Android smartphones and tablets that use off-the-shelf components, Apple uses optimized processors that allows the iPhone and iPad to run faster than similar Android devices even if those Android devices sport more RAM and faster processors.
Now Apple may be designing their own health processors for health sensors embedded in the Apple Watch. The main goal is to offer a non-invasive glucose monitoring sensor that could be used on the Apple Watch. Such a proprietary sensor would not only create a huge market worldwide, but also lock any competitors out from using similar technology.
The Apple Watch and wearable computers are the future. Just as the iPhone surpassed the Macintosh as Apple’s primary product, so will the Apple Watch eventually surpass the iPhone as Apple’s primary product.
Microsoft isn’t competing against the Apple Watch, having abandoned their Microsoft Band product after two generations. Samsung and other Android device makers keep trying to push wearable devices but they lack the same level of integration that Apple can offer through the Apple Watch in unlocking your Macintosh or paying for products through Apple Pay.
The combination of the iPhone and Apple Watch will fuel the future for years to come. If Apple can perfect non-invasive glucose monitoring using proprietary sensors, that’s the time when Apple will become a health company and less of an iPhone company. That’s why Apple is really pursuing proprietary health processors because that’s the future and that’s the big prize if they’re successful.