Apple posts job listing for physiologists who could end up working on Healthbook for iWatch

In a rather weird move from a tech company like Apple, its career page shows a posting seeking physiologists. First spotted by 9To5Mac, the listing reads that the company is looking for someone with a “good understanding of physiological monitoring equipment, measurement techniques and interpretation of results.” This has again sparked speculations about the Heathbook app that the company plans to integrate in the iOS 8, which will power the alleged iPhone 6. The job posting has since been pulled out and the company has reportedly also hired a sleep expert from Phillips who could work closely with the iWatch team.


The Heathbook app is said to be the key highlight that will enable the next-gen iPhone to work in tandem with the iWatch. The iWatch is said to be a completely fitness-focussed accessory and cited as the reason for a sudden interest in health tracking apps within Apple. The Healthbook app could reportedly monitor users’ vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, hydration levels, and also glucose levels.


The key qualifications required for the post include someone with the ability to design tests isolating the impact of various factors (activities, environments, individual subject differences, etc.) on the physiological effects being measured. Apple is looking for candidates with experience in exercise testing – how to conduct, interpreting results, determining when to halt testing, etc.


The iWatch is said to work like a smart band that athletes and fitness freaks could use to track their day-to-day exercise. It could reportedly collect data gathered by the Healthbook app from the various sensors in the iPhone. This is exactly why Apple has integrated the M7 motion co-processor in the A7 chipset. There is also the possibility of integrating iWatch with Apple Maps for location tracking and navigation.

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