Steve Jobs’ View On Healthcare Inspired Apple Watch Development
Apple’s development of the Apple Watch stemmed from the healthcare that its former CEO Steve Jobs received during his battle with Cancer, according to a TIME article on the matter. Written by Tim Bajarin following a length of time that he spent at Apple and with access to the company’s biggest names, the article goes into detail surrounding the care that Steve Jobs received during the last few years of his life, claiming that the period had a part to play in the creation of the Apple Watch.
According to the piece, Steve Jobs was concerned about the disconnect between doctors and their patients, with their data and and healthcare providers also proving difficult to mesh together. Jobs believed that technology had the answer and even had one of Apple’s research and development teams set about finding a solution to the problem.
Over the years, Apple started working on the Apple Watch, with health being one of the cornerstones to what Apple had in mind. The Apple Watch’s current capabilities may limit it from achieving some of the things Jobs may have wanted initially, but five years after his death, Apple’s wearable is getting ready for its first revision, and that’s where we envisage things will get mighty interesting.
It’s not just the Apple Watch where Apple’s health focus has taken center stage, with CareKit and other health-related initiatives (HealthKit and ResearchKit) already underway within Apple. Having users directly record and discover data that can then be shared with doctors throughout the world could potentially lead to huge breakthroughs in care for and perhaps the prevention of many all-too-common ailments.
Apple is expected to announce a new Apple Watch this year, with the upcoming WWDC event believed to be a possible venue for its reveal. Details on the update are scarce, however, with analyst speculations simply suggesting Apple’s next wearable will be an “s” upgrade of the original.