Only recently Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company is going to enter “new product categories” in the near future, without elaborating exactly what these new categories are. This has lead to rumors and speculation, with the ever present iWatch and Apple HDTV once again setting the rumor mill on fire. However, a new report by the San Francisco Chronicle hints at a completely different product. The report claims that Apple is working with renowned audio engineer Tomlinson Holman to develop a device that’s capable of predicting heart attacks by listening to the sound of blood flowing through a user’s veins.
iWatch is one fitness related product that has been consistently paired up with Apple, even though the company hasn’t even acknowledged its existence as yet. Its interesting to note that recently it was also rumored that Apple executives had sat down with the U.S. FDA to talk about “mobile medical applications,” so it seems that Cupertino has medical in its sights, but it is entirely unclear how it intends to approach this crucial category. The report also claims that executive Adrian Perica of Apple held a meeting with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, often compared to the late co-founder Steve Jobs, but doesn’t elaborate on what they might have talked about. Apple hasn’t made its intention of developing cars public, and its unlikely that it will do so in the near future. Its recent push in the automotive sector came through iOS 7, with the new iOS in the Car feature, that expands the use of its mobile platform to several vehicles’ in-dash displays. Chronicle is light on details on both scenarios, so its best to take this report with a grain of salt for now.