Apple CEO Tim Cook has been seen testing a glucose monitoring device, according to a CNBC report that fuels speculation Apple is working on its own glucose monitoring technology.
Cook was spotted using a glucose monitor at the new Apple Campus in Cupertino, according to a CNBC source. Sadly there are no photos but the source reportedly said that the glucose monitor was physically attached to Cook’s Apple Watch in some way.
Last month, CNBC reported that Apple has a 30-person team in Palo Alto quietly working on non-invasive and continuous glucose monitoring — something that would be welcomed by the millions of diabetes sufferers worldwide who currently have to draw blood to get a glucose reading.
It’s likely that any non-invasive glucose monitoring hardware would comprise of one or more sensors that could be built into a product like the Apple Watch or even sit as a standalone device.
However, the Apple Watch seems like the most likely candidate at this stage. Earlier this week, tech website BGR published a report that said Apple will introduce a “game-changing glucose monitoring feature in an upcoming Apple Watch,” citing a source familiar with the matter.
In February, Cook spoke about his personal interest in glucose monitors as he collected an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow. “I’ve been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks,” he said at the time. “I just took it off before coming on this trip.”
Unfortunately, Cook did not specify whether the device he had been wearing was an Apple prototype or a device created by another manufacturer but he did say that glucose monitor had enabled him to monitor his blood sugar levels and adjust his diet accordingly
Apple’s plans in the space could be quite far along. Indeed, the iPhone maker is already conducting feasibility trials for a glucose monitoring device in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to CNBC sources.
Apple does not typically comment on rumours such as this one.