An Ap­ple a day…

The de­vice on your wrist or in your ear can help keep the doc­tor away

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

Ba ck in Fe­bru­ary, Tim Cook told share­hold­ers that Ap­ple planned to "make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion" in health­care, a mar­ket that ri­vals like Google and Ama­zon are also keen on.

The ECG fea­ture in­cor­po­rated into the Watch Se­ries 4 showed he was for real, but this was a rel­a­tively sim­ple adap­ta­tion of old tech­nol­ogy. Break­throughs in new ar­eas like non–in­va­sive blood glu­cose me­ter­ing for di­a­betes, on which Ap­ple filed a patent in the sum­mer, are much more elu­sive. (It’s worth not­ing that Ver­ily, the com­pany spun off by Google to de­velop a glu­cose–sens­ing con­tact lens, re­cently halted work on the project.) Ma­jor reg­u­la­tory and pri­vacy is­sues also be­gin to loom here.

Still, any de­vice that’s in con­stant con­tact with the skin has myr­iad health– mon­i­tor­ing po­ten­tial. We should see more from both Watch and AirPods, but maybe not just yet.

Watch Se­ries 4 has an ECG fea­ture, but there’s bet­ter yet to come.

ECG works by wear­ing your Watch and touch­ing the Dig­i­tal Crown.

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