Apple iPhone 12 with Health app
Apple never talks about unannounced products, at least not directly. But there are clues to be picked up in unexpected places. For instance, the company has just placed a job listing, as spotted by the brilliant My Healthy Apple.
I know, that doesn’t sound very promising, right? But take a close look and there’s stuff to learn.
The job title is Regulatory Project Manager and Apple specifies that it’s looking for someone who can work on fitness stuff. It says:
“Our ever-evolving suite of Heath and Wellness products for iPhone and Watch are helping our users live more active, healthier lives. Be ready to make something great when you come here.”
Okay, so that’s pretty clear, and tells us that not only Apple Watch but also iPhone are going to be front-and-center when it comes to upping the health game for the company. Since both are pretty critical in both fields, this is an intriguing prospect.
There’s more detail here. It goes on: “Are you passionate about truly changing health? Come, join us in crafting solutions the world doesn’t know of yet!”
So, what else can we deduce? One line leaps out as you read on: “You have worked with a digital health product or medical device Class II with a strong software element to the product.”
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As Niel Smith at My Healthy Apple points out, “Class II medical devices are those devices that have a moderate to high risk to the patient and/or user. 43% of medical devices fall under this category. Most medical devices are considered Class II devices. Up until now, most software as a medical device (SaMD) has often been classified as a class I product but that has been changing based on new regulations.”
The role is hardware-oriented, it seems, though this doesn’t mean a whole new product (then again, it could). More likely, it suggests new sensors on the Apple Watch or iPhone, alongside software that analyzes the sensors’ findings.
It’s already believed that Apple is working on more, very cool health features. For a start, it could be investigating glucose monitoring, probably for Apple Watch, and working with a British start-up called Rockley Photonics.
Beyond that, the exact direction of developments is unknown, but it’s clear from this that health is a primary focus.
Oh, one other thing: the job ad has several additional requirements, one of which is: “You are unusually detail oriented.”
Given that this is Apple, it kind of goes without saying, don’t you think?
I’ve been writing about technology for two decades and am routinely struck by how the sector swings from startling innovation to persistent repetitiveness. My areas of
I’ve been writing about technology for two decades and am routinely struck by how the sector swings from startling innovation to persistent repetitiveness. My areas of specialty are wearable tech, cameras, home entertainment and mobile technology. I also work as an actor, enjoying equally the first Mission Impossible movie, a season at Shakespeare’s Globe and a part in the latest series of The Crown.
I’ve written for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, the Sun, Metro, Stuff, T3, Pocket-lint, Wareable.com and Wired. Right now most of my work away from Forbes appears in the Independent, the Evening Standard and Monocle Magazine. Follow me on Instagram: davidphelantech, or Twitter: @davidphelan2009.