When you think of Apple, what do you associate the company with? Depending on who you ask, the answer could be computers, smartphones, tablets, the iPod, and so on, but apparently that’s not necessarily the legacy that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wants for the company. Instead, it seems that Cook is hoping that Apple’s legacy will be a more lofty one: health care.
Speaking to the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview, Cook was quoted as saying. “If you ask me what Apple’s greatest contribution to humankind was, it will be in the health care are.” The CEO also points towards Apple devices like the Apple Watch that managed to place an ECG on the wrists of its users.
According to Cook, this changes the way people approach their own heart health. “It’s really only a few people that have an ECG per year, a very small percentage of the population. Now, it’s on your wrist.” To Cook’s credit, the Apple Watch has saved many lives ever since it debuted.
The most recent report was how the ECG feature in the Apple Watch alerted a man to a possible A-fib who did not even know about the condition prior to this. We have also heard rumors that Apple could be working on more health features for the Apple Watch, one of which is a non-invasive way of measuring the user’s glucose levels.