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Apple iWatch Coming In October With Health Tracking, Claims Nikkei

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Apple said its operating system, slated for release this fall, will interact with wearable devices that will allow users to wear their health stats on their sleeves

Apple announced on Thursday that its upgraded operating system will support wearable health-monitoring devices as early as this fall, marking the company’s latest maneuver into the fast-growing healthcare market.

Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple made the announcement at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. While Apple has not yet released details of the device, it is rumored to be a watch-like touchscreen that could be used to monitor vital stats, such as heart rates, calorie intakes, and blood sugar.

The announcement of a wearable device comes on the heels of Apple’s unveiling of “HealthKit,” a health monitoring system that will draw biometric data from a wide range of apps and stitch it into a single “comprehensive” snapshot of health.

[Nikkei]

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