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Apple hires point to medical tech

Speculation of iWatch functionality stirs anew amid Cupertino raid on biotechnology sector

Chief executive Tim Cook is under pressure to introduce new product categories.
Chief executive Tim Cook is under pressure to introduce new product categories.

Apple Inc's hiring pattern, points to the building of a team of medical technology specialists, stoking fresh speculation about what might be in store in its long-awaited iWatch.

Through the monitoring of LinkedIn accounts and interviews with industry insiders and "two people familiar with the hiring", Reuters concluded that Cupertino was targeting the biosensor space - a claim that is not new in the Apple rumour factory.

It is currently thought that the iWatch will carry a range of medical sensors and health apps. Recent patent filings include wrist-worn device designs and an ear-bud sensor that detects steps taken and head movements.

Chief executive Tim Cook, under pressure to introduce new product categories, has promised just that for this year, while also reminding investors that Apple did not make the first MP3 player, the first smartphone or the first tablet.

"It means much more to us to get it right than to be first," he said last month.