The clock is ticking for Apple's new iWatch

Want to know how many calories you burned on that lunchtime stroll?
Apple may soon have a piece of wearable technology for that.

What about your blood pressure?
Ditto.

It’s another week, which means another round of rumors about the so-called iWatch that Apple is purportedly getting close to launching.

According to the website 9to5Mac,  the Cupertino company has its engineers hard at work on a wrist-wearable device that that will work with an application secretly known as “Healthbook” to count your steps, track your hydration level and, if you’re diabetic, monitor for your blood-sugar levels.

Reports in the New York Times and other sites claim the iWatch will direct much of its focus on health and fitness, similar to other devices already on the market, but presumably with much more of that cool-factor Apple is known for.

Some bloggers say the iWatch could well be included in Apple’s next software update, its iOS 8 operating system, which leads us to believe that the device may be unveiled sometime later this year. Apple has not commented on the rumors.

In another intriguing bit of news,  the New York Times Bits blog reported last week that Apple executives had huddled recently with officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding “mobile medical applications.”

From that report:

Apple has signaled strong interest in health-monitoring technology, which could wind up in a widely anticipated smartwatch.

A group of senior Apple executives met with directors at the United States Food and Drug Administration in December to discuss mobile medical applications, according to the F.D.A.’s public calendars that list participants of meetings.

Among the participants from Apple were Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations; Bud Tribble, vice president of software technology at Apple; Michael O’Reilly, who joined Apple last year; and an employee from Apple’s government affairs department.

On the F.D.A. side of the table were Jeff Shuren, the director of the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Bakul Patel, who drafted the F.D.A.’s mobile medical app guidance and is a staunch advocate for patient safety when it comes to apps and medical gadgets.

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Patrick May Patrick May (308 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.