Last December, Apple executives met with the FDA to discuss mobile medical applications, perhaps indicative of a growing interest surrounding health-focused devices. Nick Bilton for the New York Times Bits Blog:
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.
Some big names from Apple’s side to say the least, which, as Bilton describes, means this was probably not a typical meeting.
This story will only increase the fervor surrounding a possible “iWatch” device, but I think that might be a bit of a stretch. Considering that Apple already has a health-focused device in the game — the iPhone 5s and its M7 Motion Coprocessor — it is ostensible that Apple is just looking to better equip itself regarding the regulations and laws surrounding medical technology.
—Friday, 31 January 2014