It's no coincidence that both Apple Watch and HealthKit are both headed by Apple's COO, Jeff Williams. Health and fitness have always been a major focus of the wrist computer. While it shipped with a heart rate monitor, Apple has been working on other sensors for years. One of the big ones has been a glucose monitor to help those fighting diabetes.
CNBC further reports that this sensor team is working under Johny Sjrouji, who heads Apple's silicon efforts, including the S-series systems-in-package that power Apple Watch.
I put "secret" in quotes because the effort has been going on for years, and has been rumored for years, which CNBC actually discusses in the story. Headlines will be headlines though.
This part, though, is encouraging:
There's been some talk that if Apple goes too far into medical sensors the company would have to start involving the FDA more, which might significantly impact release cycles. That led to some speculation that Apple would let the Watch be the sensor-light consumer product and bring out or partner with other, more medically-focused devices that could be released outside the current 12- to 18-month cycle.
But if Apple can mainstream as many medical sensors as possible, so much the better.
Fingers — and wrists — crossed we see this stuff sooner rather than later. It's not just amazing technology, it's life-saving.
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yay! Apple has another secret project!! Automated cars, tactile touch screens, cures for all diseases, iOS on Macs, wireless charging, NFC, foldable screens and so on!! If Apple ever actually releases all these 'secret' projects they've been working on for the last decade, it will be great!! Can' wait!
I won't hold my breath for it. But this is the holy grail for diabetics, a non invasive glucose monitor. The sooner the better.
Imagine it linked via Bluetooth to an insulin pump!
The FDA would never allow that. There's too much risk of hacking or tampering for that to be allowed.
Some secret projects fall through, and others can possibly take longer than a decade, it happens when Apple thinks it's ready
I'm with others that I doubt this will see the light (see what I did there?) of day. However, if it came to be it would be a reason for me to upgrade my watch, which I've never seen a reason to do so far.
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