“For the past several weeks, mostly thanks to dogged reporting from the team over at 9to5Mac, we have learned that Apple has been on a hiring spree of digital health engineers and scientists, assumedly for its rumored wristworn device, commonly referred to as the iWatch,” Brian Dolan reports for mobihealthnews. “That publication also first reported the rumor that Apple was developing an app called Healthbook, which would help iPhone and iWatch users better organize and analyze their personal health and wellness information.”

Dolan reports, “After talking to my own sources — who have limited but direct knowledge of Apple’s plans for the iWatch and Healthbook — I’ve compiled the list below…”

• There are more than 200 people working on this project
• iWatch is a peripheral device, not a primary one
• Technological capabilities will be simpler than rumors have indicated
• Meeting the FDA was about remaining unregulated
• The Healthbook concept is right on but may not be the real name
• Skeptical of claims about hydration tracking
• Apple’s focus is not on the technology, but on the experience of it
• Healthbook to focus on exercise, diet, sleep, stress, medication adherence — maybe women’s health

Much more in the full article here.

[Attributions: AppleInsider, Network World. Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Lynn Weiler,” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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