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Apple Patent Reveals a Custom Inflatable Blood Pressure Cuff

Apple patents BP monitoring 'cuff'

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Apple has patented a design for a wearable blood pressure monitor — a cuff, equipped with a sensor that is expected to be Bluetooth compatible and sport a touchscreen.

“These devices work through a collection of tiny airbags, or ‘cells’ in the patent, to exert pressure on the wearer’s arm and cut off blood flow. From there, the device gets a measure of the heart’s maximum output before releasing to get a measure of the heart’s resting output,” The Verge reported late on Thursday.

The iPhone maker’s proposed product would reportedly eliminate the need for cardiac-concerned users to go through other third parties.

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However, the company’s first full-on medical device would have to get approvals from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before hitting the markets.

According to the US Trademark and Patent Office, the description of the patented wearable said: “A low-profile blood pressure measurement system and methods of use are disclosed. The system includes an expandable member or structure that has a multi-compartment structure and/or is mounted on a rigid surface or structure.”

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An “actuator” to measure how much pressure is needed to get a good reading without crushing the user’s arm entirely is also part of the patented design for Apple’s blood pressure monitor.

“It seems to be a device whose function could very well be rolled into future Apple Watch devices down the line,” The Verge report added. (IANS)

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Apple to Refresh its Offerings in iPad, MacBook Pro Line-up

Though the launch dates of all the products remain unclear, the first ones are expected to come in March

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple is expected to refresh its offerings in iPad, MacBook Pro, monitors and iPhones even as the company has been bearing heavy losses in 2019, according to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

“Kuo says that the 2019 iPhone models will retain the 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes along with lightning connectivity, the current 9.7-inch iPad will increase in size to 10.2-inch and the company will return to the display market with a 31.6-inch 6k3k monitor,” 9To5Mac reported on Monday.

The iPhones are expected to feature ultra-wide band connectivity for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless recharge for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID, larger batteries and a triple camera design for iPhone 11 Max.

According to Kuo, this year, Apple may also release two new iPad Pro models with upgraded processors, a new MacBook Pro between 16 inches and 16.5 inches in a new design with “easy to upgrade components”.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Currently, the 13-inch MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB RAM, but Kuo suggests that the iPhone-maker may add a 32GB RAM option also.

“Kuo adds that the Apple Watch ECG function will come to additional countries this year along with a ceramic casing design and AirPods 2 will support wireless charging and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity,” the report added.

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Though the launch dates of all the products remain unclear, the first ones are expected to come in March. (IANS)