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Leak: Apple’s Next Headphones Will Track Heart Rate, Blood Pressure

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Apple will break into the wearables market by incorporating sensors in headphones to measure heart rate and blood pressure, according to a posting on the anonymous app Secret. The headphones would also use Apple’s “iBeacon” system to help locate them if lost, according to the author of the post – who claims to have been let go from the company, along with others, last week. Apple is also working on an “iWatch” wearable, the author suggested, but said that the “name isn’t final yet”. That would put it into contention with Samsung, which has released both a smart watch and a “Gear Fit” wristband that claims to measure heart rate, in favour of a minimal product that could be used on millions of its existing products. The suggestion would also fit well with leaked suggestions that iOS 8, Apple’s next version of its iPhone and iPad software, will incorporate a “Healthbook” app.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.