2017 04: April

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What is Apple Up To?:

After dabbling in computers, revolutionising phones, tablets and watches, testing self-driving cars and exploring augmented reality, Apple seems to be up to something new. Two recent hires, from Google, have joined Greg Duffy, co-founder of camera maker Dropcam, who joined Apple earlier this year. John Fenwick, who led Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering are now with Apple, adding their expertise in the demanding, expensive field of satellite design and operation. These endeavours typically fall into two fields: satellites for collecting images and those for communications. Perhaps these hires should be coupled with regulatory filing last year, inwhich Boeing Co. detailed a plan to provide broadband access through more than 1,000 satellites in low-earth orbit. The aerospace company has talked with Apple about the technology company being an investor-partner in the project.

While looking at the realm of possibilities, there appears to be another team involved in long-term research into better methods for monitoring blood sugar. This work is said to have commenced under former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who wanted to develop a sensor that could continuously and non-invasively monitor blood sugar levels to improve quality of life. Apple is believed to be far enough along in its research that feasibility trials are being conducted at clinical sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it has hired consultants to sort out regulatory issues.

Many health-related sensors that Apple wanted to include in the original Apple Watch were reportedly dropped because the technology was not consistently accurate, (and FDA approvals were required) but rumours at the time said Apple would pursue its work on more advanced health sensors. Apple has also made several health-related acquisitions and around the time the Apple Watch was in development, hired dozens of biomedical experts.

From Tim Cook in 2015 said:
"We don't want to put the watch through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process. I wouldn't mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it, but not the watch, because it would hold us back from innovating too much, the cycles are too long. But you can begin to envision other things that might be adjacent to it -- maybe an app, maybe something else."

We will just have to wait and see.

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