As far as health tracking features are concerned, there isn’t much on the Apple Watch that other smartwatches or fitness bands don’t already offer, although recently researchers have praised the heart rate sensor on the device and claimed that it is sensitive/accurate enough to pick up on potential heart problems.

That being said, the third-gen Apple Watch could be a game changer for smartwatches if a report from BGR is right. According to the publication, they claim to have heard from their sources that the next-gen Apple Watch could come with a glucose monitoring feature. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about this as back in April, it was reported that Apple has a “secret team” working on such a sensor for the Apple Watch. We just did not think it would arrive this early.

One of the key features to this sensor is that it will somehow be capable of measuring the wearer’s glucose levels without having to draw blood or penetrate the skin, which would be rather groundbreaking if it is true. Exactly how Apple plans on achieving this remains to be seen, so take it with a grain of salt for now.

In addition, the report claims that Apple will look into smart bands which can add functionality to the watch, which once again is something we’ve heard before. The Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to be announced in the second half of 2017, but whether or not the watch will come with all these alleged features is another story.

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