Apple has put a strong focus on health for users for quite some time, and it looks like it’s going to continue to double down on those efforts moving forward.
CNBC is reporting on Tuesday that Apple is currently in the process of developing an exclusive chip to handle and process health data. According to the report, Apple has at least three different job listings posted that relate directly to sensor and fitness processors.
“A July 10 job posting from Apple’s Health Sensing hardware team says, “We are looking for sensor ASIC architects to help develop ASICs for new sensors and sensing systems for future Apple products. We have openings for analog as well as digital ASIC architects.”
It’s not clear what the sensors would measure, but it appears to be information from the body. An Aug. 1 posting said simply that the team wants to bring on an engineer who can “help develop health, wellness, and fitness sensors.” And a June job listing shows the team was looking to keep working with optical sensors. Currently available Apple Watches have optical sensors that can measure heart rate.”
The report also indicates that Apple is working on additional chips, and highlights Apple’s goal of creating specific processors for specific jobs in its devices. However, it’s worth noting that these job listings could be tied directly to Apple’s current efforts with biomedical sensors, and not indicative of any new efforts coming from the company down the road.
Considering how important Apple’s own chips are to the company these days, with the A-series processors, to the T2 chip in the Macs, to the inner-workings of the Apple Watch, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that the company is developing its own chip to process health data. Apple is reportedly working on the Apple Watch Series 4 with a new design and an even more impressive heart rate monitor, so maybe we’ll hear more about new processors next month.