Over 200 people working on Apple’s iWatch peripheral device; no FDA regulation, sources say

“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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22 Comments

  1. I can hear the Fandroid now being underwhelmed by the focus on medical use and very vocal about it. Of course not a one of them has any better idea. I only hope it has many other surprises in store if for no other reason than to shut down the Fragmenboys.

  2. Siri will be your digital health coach…keeping you on track with your goals…have a growing understanding of your motivation and confidence levels over time based on your data and what you will tell her.

  3. I don’t get very excited until now about the rumors around the iWatch…can’t think of any reason why I would buy one or what problem this would solve…
    Please focus on the Apple TV…:)

    1. I hear the iWatch will be a chick magnet. Would that part interest you? Own an iWatch and you’ll never go home alone. The iWatch will start beeping and flashing when your pulse rate goes up and blood pressure rises and the babe will know you want her right now. Yeah, I gotta get me one of those.

  4. Sorry Apple, but I can’t afford your iWatch to monitor my health.

    The reason is that someone passed a law that made my health care costs go from $300/month to $572/month, and my deductible went from $2700 to $7200. Also, I learned that this same law gave the insurance companies 50 million more customers. Weird, huh?

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