Ecosystem of health-focused apps & accessories will further strengthen Apple, UBS says

Following a deluge of health and fitness devices announced at CES, one analyst has said he believes Apple’s Health application and HealthKit tools for developers will help foster a diverse ecosystem that will further differentiate the iPhone from competing platforms.

Analyst Steven Milunovich of UBS issued a note to investors on Monday, a copy of which was provided to¬†AppleInsider, in which he praised the strength of what he calls the “Applesphere.” That wide range of apps and accessories that connect to Apple’s ecosystem is only expected to grow further, he said, thanks to the healthcare industry.

The analyst envisions future devices in the form of necklaces that can monitor heart function, and headbands that can track brain waves. He cited future iPhone attachments that could allow lab tests of blood, liver, kidney, urine, breath and sweat.

On the application side, Milunovich sees FDA-approved software that could allow for users to diagnose their own ear, eye, throat, lung and heart issues. And he also expects routine video consultations from mobile devices following communication of health-related findings to caregivers.

“We expect that health apps will provide brand and device differentiation for Apple in coming years, though it will take time given hurdles such as FDA approvals,” Milunovich said.

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