Apple Hiring for Health Technologies Team Ahead of Apple Watch 2

Apple-Watch-Heart-Rate-SensorApple has posted at least four job listings since November seeking biomedical engineers and technicians to join the research and development arm of its Health Technologies team, reports BuzzFeed News.

Apple's current health and fitness initiatives include the Apple Watch, launched last April with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking, and ResearchKit, an open source medical research framework for clinical trials on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The rumored Apple Watch 2 is expected to launch in March with several improvements, possibly including a FaceTime Camera and expanded Wi-Fi capabilities, but Apple's health and fitness ambitions beyond its next-generation smartwatch remain open to speculation.

Apple CEO Tim Cook stirred speculation in November when he said that while Apple does not want to subject the Apple Watch to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, the company is not against the idea of putting adjacent products like apps or "something else" through the FDA.

Since then, Apple has made a number of hirings that suggest it may be working on a new health and fitness project.

Apple-AnneBuzzFeed News also found that over the last three or so months, Apple has snapped up employees from the medical world, according to LinkedIn. For example, Anne Shelchuk, who has a doctorate in biomedical engineering, left ultrasound software company ZONARE Medical Systems for Apple’s health technology team in November. […]

Craig Slyfield, a mechanical engineer who’s co-authored several papers related to measuring and visualizing human bones in 3D, also joined Apple as a product development engineer in November. A hire in October was system design engineer Nathan Clark, who has a doctorate in biomedical engineering and a patent for a device that separates cells.

Last March, ABC provided a closer look at Apple's top-secret health and fitness lab where it collected more than 18,000 hours of health and fitness data from over 10,000 workout sessions by Apple employees. Apple COO Jeff Williams is known to lead the Apple Watch team internally, while Director of Fitness for Health Technologies Jay Blahnik, a former Nike FuelBand consultant, also plays a key role.

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61 months ago
I can't wait to see Ive in the promo video explaining how they were able to make it thinner than the first one and somehow they couldn't do it before.
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61 months ago
Why does the headline even reference "ahead of Apple Watch 2"? It's not like these hires will have any sort of effect (direct or otherwise) on the AW2. It's already finalized.
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61 months ago
Real-time blood glucose monitoring is going to be a revolutionary advancement. Especially considering the growing diabetes epidemic.
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61 months ago
"Ahead of Apple Watch 2"

Who says the Apple Watch 2 isn't pretty much finalized and in testing now, for announcement and release soon?
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Why does the headline even reference "ahead of Apple Watch 2"? It's not like these hires will have any sort of effect (direct or otherwise) on the AW2. It's already finalized.

Exactly. Someone writing these doesn't understand product cycles. The next iPhone is close to being finalized around the time the new one is announced each year. It takes months of testing, followed by months of production, to release them on release-day. It's not something they finalize the day before they present it to the public.

Look at OS X. They show a half-baked developer preview at WWDC and then allow them more than 3 months of testing with it before releasing. And that's software. Something they can modify and push out new builds easily. The same can't be done with hardware. It takes months of real-world testing with prototypes, hardware tweaks, and then finalization. This is all done months before the announcement comes.
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61 months ago

I can't wait to see Ive in the promo video explaining how they were able to make it thinner than the first one and somehow they couldn't do it before.

That's just you, and people that don't understand the meaning of "technology" in the tech business, but feel like an expert all the time.
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61 months ago
Waterproof and completely iPhone-independent, please.
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