Apple patent filing hints at wearable heart reader

The tech giant applied to patent a device capable of acquiring and processing electrocardiographic measurements. 
By Jack McCarthy
06:59 AM

Apple has filed a patent application for a wearable device that could record electrocardiographic (ECG) signals.

An ECG device would be a logical progression from the Apple Watch, which the company launched in April 2015.  

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in May that Apple considers healthcare to an enormous opportunity for the company.

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"The holy grail of the watch is being able to monitor more and more of what's going on in the body,” Cook said. “It's not technologically possible to do it today to the extent that we can imagine, but it will be.”

It’s still too early to say when that might happen, of course. Details about the wearable are not yet apparent either, though Apple-watchers have already speculated that such a device could be a watch, a wristband or more along the lines of a bracelet or even a ring.  

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