Apple Prepping Sensors That Predict Heart Attacks

Apple is working on heart attack predicting device, reports claim.

Sources close to the Californian company claim that Apple intends to work on sensor that will predict heart attacks. Photo: Hiroo Yamada/Flickr

Not long time ago reports emerged, claiming that Apple held closed-door talks with electric car maker Tesla, a meeting that provides a whole number of possibilities.

Now some insiders suggest that the Californian tech giant may also be preparing to release a heart-attack prediction device.

iPhone and iPad maker is currently working on a new sensor technology that would be able to predict heart attacks, reports claim.

The effort, led by audio expert Tomlinson Holman, the inventor of THX and 10.2 surround sound, is said to be focused on the sound blood makes as it travels through a person’s arteries.

“Apple must increasingly rely on new products to reignite growth beyond the vision” of late founder Steve Jobs, said Bill Kreher, an analyst with Edward Jones Investments in St. Louis. “They need the next big thing.”

Which is more, as expers claim, wearable devices also make sense for the phone maker; electric cars and cardiac monitors not as much. And that’s exactly why Apple should pursue those ideas.

Last fall, German investment banking analyst Adnaan Ahmad created a media stir when he wrote an “open letter” to Apple CEO Tim Cook and board director Al Gore, urging the company to acquire Tesla.

“I know this is radical and potentially ‘transformative’ but this would radically alter Apple’s growth profile,” Ahmad wrote. “In Elon Musk, you could strike up a partnership and obtain a new iconic partner to lead Apple’s innovation drive.”

Six months before the letter, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk met with Perica and probably Cook at Apple headquarters. And while a highly expected deal has yet to emerge, the meeting between the two Silicon Valley leaders involving their top dealmakers suggests Apple was very much interested in buying the electric car pioneer.

Analysts say it’s unclear whether and how Tesla would gain from such a deal.

“They’d get access to deep pockets, but Tesla’s got access to Wall Street right now,” said Andrea James, who covers Tesla for the Dougherty & Co. investment bank. “I could see a partnership more than a takeout.”

Last week the Internet saw pictures showing how Apple’s future product, the iPhone 6, may look like.

Apple is widely expected to launch larger-screen iPhones later this year, but designer Federico Ciccarese is ready to show off his iPhone 6 concept designs now.

Once every two years, Apple launches a new iPhone flagship that differentiates itself from the previous generation in multiple regards. With last year iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, the company already has something in stock for its customers.

The people familiar Apple’s plans shared that the company will launch an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple’s largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5, reported the Wall Street Journal.

It is expected that the two new models will feature metal casings similar to what is used on the current iPhone 5S, with Apple expected to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5C, these people said.

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