Apple Watch 2 news: New smartwatch may feature more health monitoring capabilities and longer battery life

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With reports claiming that Apple met with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before the unveiling of the first Apple Watch, speculations that the tech company is leaning towards incorporating the second Apple Watch with more medical functions have started swirling. An FDA stamp of approval will be needed by the company to further enhance the health monitoring capabilities of their device which will then effectively categorize it as a “medical device.”

However, Apple CEO Tim Cook dispelled the rumors right away through a report by The Telegraph and was quoted saying, “We don’t want to put the watch through the Food and Drug Administration process. I wouldn’t mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it, but not the watch, because it would hold us back from innovating too much, the cycles are too long. But you can begin to envision other things that might be adjacent to it – maybe an app, maybe something else.”

During the interview, Cook emphasized the health benefits of the Apple Watch as it has the ability to monitor activity and heart rate using advanced optical heart rate sensor. Users can also wear the device to sleep and get stats about their sleep.

But despite all the functions the Apple Watch offers, it is basically useless when it has drained out battery. This is one aspect that the company is rumored to be addressing in the second one.

The first Apple Watch needs to be charged nightly, not bad as usually almost all gadgets only have one day of running time. But in a world of smart watches, rivals of the brand such as Pebble Time Steel offers 10 days maximum of battery time which makes the Apple Watch a bit too low in energy. According to rumors from Gforgames, Apple is working with LG and Samsung to produce a thinner LCD screen which will give way to a bigger battery for the Apple Watch 2. In addition, Realty Today also mentioned that the new smart watch may include waterproof design and more functionality even without the accompaniment of an iPhone.