Apple has continued to build out a team of medical technology experts in recent weeks, according to Reuters.
The company is widely believed to be hard at work on wearable products, the first of which could arrive before year’s end. CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly promised that Apple will launch devices in new product categories in 2014, though there’s no guarantee that the oft-rumored “iWatch” will be among them. Still, its ongoing hiring spree has seen Apple pull in a number of high-level executives and researches from biotech companies, so it’s clearly an area of intense focus. Nearly all of the hirings mentioned by Reuters were originally reported by 9to5Mac.
The company has poached talent (chief medical officers, sensor experts, etc.) from Masimo Corp, O2 MedTech, Sano Intelligence, and Vital Connect, among other companies. Average consumers are unlikely to recognize any of those names, but they’re all laser-focused on the medical field.
According to Reuters, one unnamed executive who recently met with Apple’s biomedical engineers said the company “has aspirations beyond wearable devices, and is considering a full health and fitness services platform” that would resemble the App Store. But Apple will reportedly lead that charge with its own Healthbook app — previously revealed by 9to5Mac. Healthbook is set to be the standout feature of iOS 8 and will track a user’s heart rate, blood pressure, weight, and other vitals.
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