Inside Apple’s Secret Apple Watch Lab

In less than one week, Apple will host its annual September event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in California. During the event, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, a 4K Apple TV and the Apple Watch 3.

The new model of the Apple Watch 3 is said to focus more on users’ health for them to better manage and understand their fitness patterns. How does Apple go about ensuring the best for its Apple Watch users? A new report by Men’s Health gives readers an inside glimpse of the measures Apple uses in order to consistently improve its wearable to help users.

Apple’s secret lab has been running for 5 years now, and since then Apple has logged more data on activty and exercise than any other human performance study in history.

“Our labs have collected more data on activity and exercise than any other human performance study in history,” says Jay Blahnik, Apple’s director of fitness for health technologies, in a rare interview. “Over the past five years, we’ve logged 33,000 sessions with over 66,000 hours of data, involving more than 10,000 unique participants.”

Particapates exercises are monitored by equipment such as a metabolic cart, and an elelctrocardiogram (ECG) machine all while wearing a $40,000 mask that monitors oxygen consumtion, calorie output, and VO2 max.

Apple’s main goal is to ensure accuracy for all types of workouts including new activities and high-intensity interval training as well as to constantly update existing algorithms.

The new Apple Watch is said to ship in an LTE model which will be supported by Sprint, AT&T Verizon, and T-Mobile, this means users will be able to make calls and receive texts without having their iPhone in range. In addtion, the company is also expected to ship a non-connectivity version of the Apple Watch 3. We can also expect the wearable to sport a better life and run watchOS 4.

If you’re interested in learning more about Apple’s performance lab, you can head over to Men’s Health to read the entire article.