This includes biomedical engineers from Vital Connect, Sano Intelligence, and O2 MedTech. Another one of the well-known companies, Masimo, creates pulse oximetry devices, which can detect and determine respiratory functions, while others create heart-rate sensors and body temperature detectors.
Apple has poached a number of senior officials at these companies, LinkedIn changes suggest, including chief medical officers and chief technology officers, and other senior expert engineers.
According to the news agency, one unnamed mobile health executive sat down with the "iWatch team," which still has not yet been confirmed by Apple, and said the company wanted to move "beyond wearable devices" such as its own health and fitness platform.
It comes just months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the sensor-based technology market, such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT) market is set to "explode."