Apple will launch extra healthcare-associated providers this year, Tim Cook has revealed in an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer. The CEO did not fairly elaborate on the precise nature of these upcoming companies, solely that Apple has “been engaged on [them] for some years.” In the course of the interview, Cook dinner confused Apple’s deepening dedication to health and wellness merchandise. He stated that sooner or later, if anyone asks what Apple’s best contribution to humankind is, “health” would be the reply.
ResearchKit, a platform for scientific research hosted by universities and medical researchers, and CareKit, which helps sufferers handle their diseases, are an enormous deal, Cook mentioned. “We’re democratizing [healthcare]. We’re taking what has been with the establishments and empowering the person to handle their health,” he added.
Apple has undoubtedly been ramping up its health and wellness efforts lately. Along with releasing ResearchKit and CareKit, it additionally designed the Apple Watch Sequence 4 with a constructed-in electrocardiogram, giving it the facility to doubtlessly save lives by detecting coronary heart points equivalent to irregular heartbeats.
Other than speaking about Apple’s healthcare-associated ambitions, Cook additionally slammed Qualcomm within the interview. He mentioned the chipmaker costs exorbitant costs for its patents as a substitute for providing its portfolio “on a good, affordable and non-discriminatory foundation.” In the event you’ll recall, the two tech giants have been battling it out in the courtroom for some time, with the chipmaker accusing Cupertino of infringing on its patents. Most lately, Qualcomm paid $1.5 billion for safety bonds to make sure Apple cannot promote its older iPhones in Germany.
Cook is additionally known as criticized Qualcomm for its advertising and marketing techniques. Based on studies final yr, the chipmaker employed controversial PR agency Definers to unfold damaging tales about Apple. “The paying anyone to jot down faux information after which selling it: That is stuff that ought to be beneath corporations,” Cook mentioned. “This isn’t how issues ought to function.”