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Apple Watch 7's top feature revealed — and it's a game-changer

Apple Watch 7
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The Apple Watch 7, a next-generation smartwatch expected later this year, could offer a non-invasive tool for blood glucose monitoring. 

According to a report from ETNews, blood glucose monitoring will be a standout feature of the upcoming Apple Watch to the benefit of users with diabetes. Last year's National Diabetes Statistics report from the CDC found that just over one-in-ten Americans have diabetes, meaning on-wrist blood sugar readings could likely help a large sum of Apple Watch users manage their condition.

While we don't expect Apple to suggest that a glucose monitoring smartwatch feature could replace invasive tests entirely, it's a good indication of the advancements in monitoring technology. Less troublesome testing methods such as continuous monitoring via a small, on-body pump are already gaining popularity.

In fact, finger prick-less systems from companies like Freestyle Libre and Dexcom currently offer ways to check blood glucose levels and trends at a glance with compatible apps for Apple Watch. We even helped a reader pick the right Apple Watch for monitoring diabetes with her Dexcom G6 system. 

Apple also sells OneDrop, a sleek-looking blood glucose management system, on its store website.

We're still several months away from more credible Apple Watch 7 leaks, but it's reasonable to believe blood glucose monitoring will materialize. Besides the status quo of Apple upgrading its smartwatch with a new health tool each year, the Apple Watch's most direct competitor is rumored to get the feature, too.

The same report from ETNews said either the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or fitness-oriented Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 3 is due the second half of this year and will offer non-invasive blood glucose monitoring

In the past, Samsung's late summer Unpacked keynotes have occurred earlier than Apple's, so it's possible the next Galaxy Watch will beat the Apple Watch 7 to launching this game-changing feature for users with diabetes. 

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. When she’s not in cyborg mode, you can find her on an exercise bike or channeling her inner celebrity chef. She and her robot army will rule the world one day, but until then, reach her at kate.kozuch@futurenet.com.