Samsung yesterday publicly corroborated rumors that it has been working on an unnamed HomePod competitor that will likely use the company's Bixby personal assistant and provide “a fruitful user experience” at home with Samsung devices.
It doesn't take a genius to see why Apple Watch is not a truly standalone device yet.
Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE cellular connectivity as its key new feature will be announced alongside iPhone 8 and potentially other new hardware at an Apple media event in September, an unnamed source with knowledge of the matter told CNBC Tuesday morning.
Aiming to turn your iPhone into the “one-stop shop for all your medical info,” a secretive team within Apple's growing Health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing comprehensive clinical data to the device.
CNBC has learned from a half-dozen people familiar with the team that a future revision to the stock Health app could let users store their detailed lab results and stuff like allergy lists to their iPhone for optional sharing with hospitals, doctors, health developers and more.
“Imagine turning to your iPhone for all your health and medical information—every doctor's visit, lab test result, prescription and other health information, all available in a snapshot on your phone and shared with your doctor on command,” reads the article.
In its quest to turn the handset into the central bank for all health-related information, Apple is allegedly exploring potential acquisitions and attending health IT industry meetings.
It even hired some of the top developers involved with FHIR, an increasingly popular protocol for exchanging electronic health records, like former Epic Systems executive Sean Moore and Ricky Bloomfield, a physician from Duke University with a background in medical informatics.
According to CNBC:
Apple in recent months has been involved with discussions with health IT industry groups that are looking for ways to make this goal a reality, two of the people said.
These include "The Argonaut Project," a private sector initiative that is promoting the adoption of open standards for health information and "The Carin Alliance," an organization looking to give patients a central role in controlling their medical data.
Since iOS 10, the Health app has supported the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document (HL7 CCD) standard, which allows users to bring their own health records to the Health app. Users can share their records in an appropriate format with doctors.
Th Cupertino giant's new initiative, however, seems to be a lot broader in scope because, unlike the ability to store a limited snapshot of HL7 CCD records on the device, it would make sharing full medical data with hospitals and medical professionals a reality.
If successful, the company could easily solve one of the medical community's biggest problems—easy sharing of medical data and patient information between doctors, especially among different hospitals or clinics.
A March report said Apple has been working on a sensor for Apple Watch to non-invasively track blood glucose, a prototype of which Tim Cook is reportedly wearing on his body. Recently, the iPhone maker hired Stanford University's digital health efforts chief, Sumbul Desai.
Tim Cook on Monday appeared on CNBC's 'Mad Money' to talk with host Jim Cramer about Apple's recent earnings report. The iPhone maker announced weaker-than-expected Q2 sales last week, and its stock has since dropped more than 10 points.
While the interview is transparently a PR move to let Wall Street know that Apple is still on the right path, Cook did offer up some interesting comments about the future of his company. Naturally, we've highlighted some of our favorites for you below.
Apple this morning confirmed in a statement issued to CNBC that its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are “on pace” to beat the ten million pre-order record established during last year's first-weekend sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The number flies in the face of many clueless analysts who said Apple wouldn’t be able to hit that number this time around because the iPhone has peaked.
Interestingly enough, Apple touted “exceptionally strong” pre-orders for the larger-screened and more expensive 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, with the initial stock sold out globally.
The company did not announce opening weekend iPhone 6s sales at the time of this writing but we're expecting them to announce the new record via a press release shortly.
It seemed like just another episode of Mad Money, CNBC's polarizing financial TV show, until host Jim Cramer took a call from "Tim in California." As you've probably guessed by now, it was Apple CEO Tim Cook on the line, prompting cheers from a surprised studio.
Cook began the call by congratulating Cramer on "10 great years of Mad Money," but it was clear he had other things to talk about. The first thing was ResearchKit, Apple's medical research app platform it unveiled on Monday, which as already had over 10,000 signups.
As per usual, there's no shortage of iPhone 6 clones. Virtually each and every one of them classes as a plasticky Chinese knock-off — though, quite frankly, some are in fact elaborate. Anyone can order an iPhone 6 clone online, with prices starting as low as $100.
It goes without saying that these laughable devices, based on a truckload of iPhone 6 rumors, typically run Android and sport a user interface skin that does a bad job mimicking iOS 7 aesthetics.
Though not fooling bloggers, the iPhone 6 clones have proved themselves too tempting a target for linkbait outlets such as TMZ. The infamous celebrity news and gossip website is now notoriously jumping on the opportunity to troll the nation by offering an Android-based iPhone 6 lookalike as the real thing.
And guess what? CNBC fell for it!
The Apple TV project may file under Tim Cook's 'Hobby' drawer, but that's not stopping Apple's iTunes media team from relentlessly adding new content sources to the $99 media-streaming box.
Just this morning, the device has picked up two new channel sources, one from financial news powerhouse CNBC and the other is broadcast network FOX NOW...