Apple is priming a series of new ‘smart bands’ for its Apple Watch, as it looks to boost the device’s functionality.
A new report, citing a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans, such new bands could include one with a dedicated camera and another with a chunkier design aimed at improving battery life.
The latter is likely to be popular with Apple Watch owners who forget to power up their watch overnight.
It’s not clear whether these new bands would work with older models of the Apple Watch, or simply be accessories for the forthcoming Apple Watch Series 3, which is expected to launch later this year.
On top of its smart band plans, Apple is also said to be readying a new glucose monitoring function, aimed at helping diabetics.
It has hired a number of medical staff in its pursuit of the new functionality, with Apple watchers suggesting that rather than building glucose tracking into a new watch, it may simply offer it as part of a separate band.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is thought to include 4G as standard, meaning the device will work without being connected to an iPhone and could potentially make and take calls.