The Apple Watch 2 is coming; that’s as sure as the Samsung Gear S3 is coming, too. Some critics of smartwatches continue to assert that smartwatches are irrelevant and have no real significant use that merits spending $350+ on one. We don’t know if Apple has been collecting user or customer surveys about this, but it seems that people are pretty satisfied with the Apple Watch (though we’ve gotten some reports that some tech-savvy individuals in the press aren’t so satisfied). At any rate, this isn’t stopping Apple from going forth with its plans to make the Apple Watch more of a fitness device than the first-generation Apple Watch was.
To this end, Apple is hiring new medical experts for the Apple Watch 2, with the company placing new job ads for “biomedical engineers and a lab technician,” BuzzFeed News says. In addition, Apple’s job ads seem to suggest that the company is interested in physiological signs from device wearers and how to develop apps that prove useful for lots of consumers.
Now, it’s all too easy to get optimistic about what this means for the Apple Watch, but that may not be the case. Apple CEO Tim Cook has made some comments that seem to suggest that Apple may be interested in a more fitness and medical-centric device – perhaps something like an Apple Sport fitness/activity tracker; after all, Apple’s Korean rival, Samsung, is set to have a “Gear S2 Sport”-like device in the works that can even measure leg crunches. The device, listed as SM-R150, could be a prototype and only that – but Samsung, like Apple, isn’t one to hire and develop for prototype’s sake.