Apple has no-prick glucose monitor in the works

It has been in the works for years

Apple has reportedly been developing a no-prick glucose monitor.

The project to develop the monitoring system involving silicon photonics and optical absorption spectroscopy for blood sugar level detection has been making progress, according to Bloomberg, which on Wednesday cited people familiar with it. The current stage is reportedly proof-of-concept.

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It has been in the works at Apple for years, as far back as the tech giant’s 2010 acquisition of startup RareLight, per Bloomberg. Since then, there has reportedly been testing of it involving prediabetic and Type 2 diabetic individuals. Others unsure of whether they have the condition were also tested, according to the outlet.

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The no-prick glucose monitoring system falls under the purview of Apple’s Exploratory Design Group, though its development previously secretly occurred through Avolonte Health LLC, the outlet reported.

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Bloomberg said a wearable iPhone-sized prototype is being developed. The company reportedly hopes for Apple Watches to eventually have the monitoring integrated in them.

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Apple’s watch currently sports sleep, activity, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and cycle tracking, among other health-related features. Some researchers are utilizing the Apple Watch’s heart-related features for various studies, the company has said.

Bloomberg reported Apple could pose significant competition to makers of glucose monitors that require skin pricks should the tech giant successfully develop and bring its noninvasive one to market in the future.

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In America, there are some 37.3 million people with diabetes and 96 million with prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Apple’s wearables, home and accessories segment — which includes its Apple Watch — posted $13.48 billion in net sales for the company’s fiscal 2023 first quarter. That figure made up roughly 11.5% of its $117.15 billion total net sales for the three-month period.

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