Multiple reports have suggested that Apple wants its smartwatch to be taken as more than just a luxury smartwatch. It wants to develop the Apple Watch into a bonafide medical companion. Some reports have suggested that the company has been developing a non-invasive glucose reader for the Apple Watch. According to a new report, the Apple Watch glucose reader is “years away” from becoming a reality.

The New York Times reports that Apple is continuing research on the idea of including a non-invasive glucose monitor in the Apple Watch. However, industry experts suggest that it could take years before the idea can be transformed into a commercial product.

It’s believed that Apple wanted to offer this feature with the first Apple Watch that was released in 2015. However, it decided against it because the feature was either unreliable or forced a compromise in size and battery life that Apple was just not willing to make.

That’s not all. A glucose reader may also require approval by the Food and Drug Administration and that may take up time.

Apple is reportedly thinking about building an EKG monitor into the Apple Watch as well. If these reports are accurate, the Apple Watch may offer significantly different features in just a few years from now.

Filed in Apple >Gadgets. Read more about Apple Watch.

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