Apple may make an FDA-approved medical device, but it won't be a watch

The Apple Watch is focused more on fashion, style and fitness rather than health tracking

The Apple Watch is focused more on fashion, style and fitness rather than health tracking


Apple chief executive Tim Cook is in London these days visiting the Covent Garden Apple Store and talking to media, but there is one particular piece that has surfaced in a Telegraph interview that is particularly interesting: Apple may be considering making an FDA-approved medical device yet it won't be a watch.

Expectations ran sky high for the Apple Watch prior to its release with talk about an array of sensor on the gadget. The reality turned out different: the Apple Watch only uses an optical heart rate sensor (that is admittedly extremely well polished and accurate), but it lacks the multiple sensors you can find on devices like the Microsoft Band 2.

And no single mass market consumer device is yet able to capture recordings of blood pressure, one key reading that will be of huge importance in the future of digital medicine.

Apple, however, seems to have not quit the idea of making an FDA-approved medical device capable of telling you more about your health than the watch will ever be able to.

"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," Tim Cook said in the interview for the Telegraph.

From the mouth of Apple CEO Tim Cook 'maybe' sounds like quite the hint, doesn't it?


source: Telegraph

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13 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"...because it would hold us back from innovating too much." I don't know how to take that in.

2. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Medical device ? Stop copying Samsung :P

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

13. Unordinary unregistered

By the time you already finish a radiology test, you'd die due to lag.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It will be the Apple Watch straps folks!

4. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

' Apple Watch only uses an optical heart rate sensor (that is admittedly extremely well polished and accurate)' just the other day I read an article about this sensor and it wasn't working so great, but it's good to know that it's working great now

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wasn't their an issue where Apple claimed the Apple Watch would constantly monitor your heart rate, but it actually doesn't? Also it wasn't even accurate? I all honesty, I don't think any of them are very accurate. I doubt it has been fixed. This article was written on October 24, 2015http://www.techtimes.com/articles/99152/20151024/apple-watch-problems-owners-complain-apple-watch-heart-rate-readings-completely-off-the-mark.htm That was roughly 2 weeks ago. I guarantee it isn't fixed.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Samsung: this is your new homework!!!!!

12. willard12 unregistered

Homework complete, class dismissed!!!!!! So, now, are you gonna admit, what we all know, Apple is the one who really copies? You might just want to use the "Apple takes it's time and gets it right" cliché instead. Unlike Apple's copying, that phrase is subjective and can't easily be disproven by presenting facts. Either way, when Apple is actually advanced enough to do this, I'm sure you and the lemmings will let us know how innovative they are and everyone follows their lead, like Samsung. http://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-simband/

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

samsung hears, samsung does, and does it faster... can't wait to see it and get one for my parents to monitor their blood pressure

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung already has certified FDA devices in the USA and other countries.

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

but no one cares

11. willard12 unregistered

You reply, you care.

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