Is Apple working on a new health-tracking device for launch with iPhone 8?

Just yesterday, we reported on rumours an Apple Watch 2 may be making an appearance at the company’s iPhone launch next month. Now new speculation suggests Apple has more up – or perhaps on – its sleeve when it comes to health-focused tech.

A report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claims Apple has been working on a health-tracking device, separate from its smartwatch, which it hopes to release in 2017.

According to the report, the “killer” device will feature a heart rate sensor, measure pulse and variances in blood sugar. It’ll also offer pressure sensitive technology similar to the 3D Touch features within the current iPhone models.

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Apple is reportedly looking for manufacturing partner for the device, which would seemingly integrate much of its work with HealthKit, ResearchKit and CareKit.

While this seems like it may be a wearable, that might not be the case. The report calls the product a “revolutionary idea,” which suggests Apple has thought beyond a wristband.

Mashable speculates it could even be a smart scale, similar to those offered by Nokia-owned Withings and sold in the Apple Store, if indeed the product is legit.

The 2017 timeframe suggests any release could coincide with the launch of that year’s iPhone models, tipped to be the next major refresh.

Any thoughts as to what this mysterious health-centric product could be? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.