Could Apple technology one day save your life? Medical devices are just one of the new product categories the company is exploring as it seeks to expand growth, according to a new report.
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Could Apple’s product offerings grow to include medical devices, cars?

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Could Apple technology one day save your life? Medical devices are just one of the new product categories the company is exploring as it seeks to expand growth, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

An emphasis on health-related technology doesn’t seem that farfetched considering Apple’s plans for the iWatch. The smartwatch will reportedly contain advanced biometric sensors to track heart rate and blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and possibly even hydration. Apple could go one step further in the personal health market, however.

Apple has recruited Tomlinson Holman, the audio engineer behind THX, to lead a team developing technologies that could predict heart attacks by analyzing the sounds of blood coursing through the human body. Whether this technology would come as a standalone device or see inclusion in an iWatch or other wearable is unknown. Industry buzz that Apple is in the running to acquire the maker of the Basis Health fitness tracker suggests multiple wearable fitness accessories could be in the company’s plans.

A real moon shot is Apple’s interest in the car. We have already seen the introduction of Apple’s first automotive initiative, iOS in the Car, though it hasn’t become commercially available just yet. Apple likely won’t stop there. The Chronicle points to meetings between Apple’s mergers and acquisitions head and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, the electric car manufacturer.

While analysts have called for Apple to buy the car maker, there is no indication this is the way things are headed. Still, Apple and Tesla share a common brand, marketing, and sales philosophy that could make an eventual partnership of some kind a win for both parties. Apple might not jump into building their own cars, but expect the company to become even more involved with in-car information and entertainment systems.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly talked about his company’s desires to expand into new markets with devices outside of their more traditional offerings like smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Many expect 2014 to be a significant year in setting up Apple for continued growth. Expect to see the iWatch and a new Apple TV later this year, but that will only be the beginning.

[via San Francisco Chronicle]

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