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Apple continues medical tech exec recruitment, fuelling more iWatch rumours

Apple is still busy snapping up medical tech execs as it seemingly prepares to sail further into the waters of digital health and wellness, and potentially produce a smartwatch as its next big thing.

We reported on this back at the start of the year, when news broke that Cupertino had employed a pair of medical tech experts (from Sano Intelligence and Vital Connect), following wearable-related hiring activity previous to this.

And now Reuters has underlined all this, with a report that observes that LinkedIn profile updates have shown that Apple has picked up at least six high-profile experts in biomedicine – with the latest taking a desk at Cupertino just a fortnight ago.

Sources who spoke to Reuters also claims that Apple is recruiting medical professionals and hardware boffins, too, without putting an exact number on the amount of hires involved (suggesting it's more than a few). Many of those taken on have expertise in medical sensor technology, apparently.

Which has, of course, started buzz about the iWatch again, a device that looks increasingly likely to pitch up – Apple certainly needs a new product introduced to its line-up before its range starts to look stale, and its stock goes well and truly off the boil.

However, it seems that Apple's ambitions go beyond a mere iWatch. A mobile health exec who spoke to Reuters claimed Tim Cook and company were planning a full-on health and fitness platform. That's not too surprising given some of the developments we've heard about of late – such as the rumoured earpods with built-in health sensor, and Healthbook for iOS 8, which could bring extensive health and fitness features to iPhone owners.

It certainly seems as if Cupertino is deadly serious about getting its talons into the digital health market.