“Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted that the company may one day built a medical device, following the success of the Apple Watch and iPhone as medical tools,” TechRadar reports.

“Such a move would perhaps not be surprising. Earlier this year Cupertino launched ResearchKit, a new framework to help scientists and researchers build apps that can collect data using Apple’s devices for use in medical trials,” TechRadar reports. “A few weeks ago it revealed some of the first successes. This included an app that can detect early signs of autism by monitoring the responses of kids to videos shown on screen, and an app for users to take photos of moles, so that scientists can learn how to better spot the early signs of melanoma.”

“These are encouraging first signs that technology is improving how we approach medicine,” TechRadar reports. “So perhaps a fully-fledged medical device from Apple could be just what the doctor ordered.”

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MacDailyNews Take: An Apple a day…

We don’t want to put the watch through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process. I wouldn’t mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it, but not the watch, because it would hold us back from innovating too much, the cycles are too long. But you can begin to envision other things that might be adjacent to it – maybe an app, maybe something else. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

We’d love to see some Apple Smartbands that enable our Apple Watches to do even more!

Apple’s Tim Cook declares the end of the PC and hints at new medical product – November 10, 2015
Apple announces new ResearchKit studies for autism, epilepsy and melanoma – October 15, 2015
GlaxoSmithKline working on integrating Apple’s revolutionary ResearchKit into clinical trials – July 13, 2015
ResearchKit, Apple’s medical data experiment, explained – May 20, 2015
Apple announces ResearchKit available today to medical researchers – April 14, 2015
Why Apple’s ResearchKit signals a golden age for health care – March 28, 2015
ResearchKit: The inside story of how Apple’s revolutionary medical research platform was born – March 19, 2015
Apple’s open source ResearchKit will change the world for the better – March 9, 2015
Apple debuts ResearchKit, giving medical researchers the tools to revolutionize medical studies – March 9, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]