Reuters: Apple Building Team of Medical Technology Executives to Design iWatch Health and Fitness Platform

Instead of pumping out the normal misinformed next-generation iPhone rumors at a rapid pace, the Apple rumor mill has instead been focused on the iWatch and Apple's rumored suite of upcoming health apps. On Monday, Reuters threw gasoline of the fire by reporting that Apple is "building a team of senior medical technology executives" to work on a health and fitness platform modeled after the App Store.


Rueters claims Apple is under pressure to deliver on CEO Tim Cook's promise that the company will deliver a new product category sometime this year. Apple hasn't released a new device since it introduced the iPad in 2010, and according to industry reports tablet sales are on the decline and are only going to get worse.

First Look at iOS 8 and Apple's New Healthbook App

A few screenshots of Apple's iOS 8 have popped up on the the Chinese forum WeiPhone, and 9to5Mac claims to have verified the authenticity of the images. The screenshots reveal the icon for Apple's rumored Heathbook app, which is supposed to tie-in with the company's long rumored iWatch.

iOS 8

The Healthbook app is Apple's attempt to tap into the popular world of mobile healthcare and fitness. The new iOS 8 feature is a lot like Samsung's S Health 3.0, which is included on the Galaxy S5 smartphone, and Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. The Healthbook app will track a users vital signs such as blood pressure, hydration levels, and heart rate, plus it will remind users to take their daily medications.

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