A report from the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that Apple is working to develop new product lines — including medical devices and cars. The newspaper report is light on detail, but it does describe how Cook and his team are supposedly working with audio engineer Tomlinson Holman — who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound — to develop a medical device.
The Chronicle claims that it is capable of predicting heart attacks by listening to the sound of blood flow.
Incidentally, that chime with other reports this morning that suggest Apple has been in talks with Basis Science — which currently manufactures the Basis Health Tracker Watch — about the possibilities of a potential buyout. Taken together, they suggest that Apple is perhaps at least a little bit interested in breaking into the medical sector.
Elsewhere, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s sources also claim that Apple has been in discussions with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. That’s pretty much where that rumour runs out though — there are no details as to what the meeting may have alluded to. Indeed, it could be something as small as including iOS in the dash, or something way bigger.
All of this, of course, needs to be taken with a healthy pinch of salt. Of course Apple thinks big when it comes to new products, and more than likely it does have some people working on medical devices and car-related technology — but that doesn’t mean any of it will ever necessarily see the light of day. Still, it will be fun to find out. [San Francisco Chronicle]