Apple has applied for a patent on a more accurate fitness tracker, calling the technology Wrist Pedometer Step Detection. The tracker is essentially a pedometer, however it would be able to tell where on your body it is placed, allowing for much more accurate readings. It can also break down when you actually take steps, rather than just sensing other movement. This would drastically cut down on false readings and counts.
There's no telling right now if this technology would be incorporated into a smartwatch for Apple or just a standalone fitness band, but the rumors are swirling and won't be slowing down anytime soon. We expect to see more on an Apple wearable this fall alongside other new devices.