More Apple iWatch Clues: FDA Meeting and ‘Healthbook’ App
In yet another sign that Apple (AAPL) is working on the development of a health-monitoring wearable tech device, it has been revealed that several Apple executives met with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 13. The meeting was first reported by the New York Times after it was spotted by Mark A. McAndrew, a partner with the Taft Stettinius & Hollister law firm. According to the FDA’s public calendar, the subject of the meeting was “Mobile Medical Applications,” and attendees included Apple executives Jeff Williams, Bud Tribble, Cathy Novelli, Michael O’Reilly, and Tim Powderly.
Jeff Williams is Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. Bud Tribble is vice president of Software Technology and may be best-known as a manager from the original Macintosh Software team. Cathy Novelli is vice president of Worldwide Government Affairs at Apple, a department where Tim Powderly also works. As previously reported, Michael O’Reilly is a relatively new Apple employee who was hired away from the Masimo Corporation (MASI). Masimo recently launched the iSpO2, an iPhone-enabled pulse oximeter. O’Reilly’s LinkedIn page lists his field of expertise as “Monitoring and Information Technology.
According to insider sources cited by well-connected Apple watcher Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple’s next mobile operating system iteration, iOS 8, will include a health-monitoring app codenamed “Healthbook.” Per 9to5Mac’s sources, iOS 8 is currently codenamed “Okemo,” the name of a ski resort in Vermont.
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the “Healthbook” app will keep track of fitness statistics such as distance walked and calories burned. As suggested by the name, the “Healthbook” app will borrow interface design elements from Apple’s Passbook app. Passbook was first introduced in iOS 6 and allows users to store coupons or other customer rewards from companies. The “Healthbook” app will allow users to store fitness and health data in a similar format.