The late Steve Jobs was behind Avolonte’s attempts to build a non-invasive glucose monitor
The Apple Watch appears on a model’s wrist on the cover of Vogue in China
Apple is still working on the non-invasive glucose monitor and Bloomberg reports that Apple is spending in the high tens of millions of dollars annually on the project. We’ve referred to it as the Holy Grail of smartwatch health complications and based on how much Apple is spending on the project, it thinks this as well.
Apple almost completed a project that would have added Android support to the Apple Watch
Apple also worked on a plan that would have allowed the Apple Watch and the Health app to support Android devices. This was named Project Fennel and would have introduced its health initiatives to countries where the company’s market share was low. Apple had almost completed Project Fennel when the decision was made to cancel it partly because Apple Watch sales drive iPhone sales.
One person with knowledge of how Apple made the decision to drop the project said, “If you gave up the watch to Android, you would dilute the value of the watch to the iPhone.”
Apple has made it clear that it is not interested in “post-sick” health care and wants hospitals and doctors to be in charge of treating patients. What Apple is focusing on is the “worried well.” Adrian Aoun, the founder and CEO of Forward which runs high-tech in-person and remote clinics, said, “The main takeaway from their whole strategy is that they shy away from the actual care.”