Tim Cook: Apple will launch more healthcare-related services in 2019

Henrietta Brewer
January 11, 2019

Specifically, Mr. Cook wants to democratize the ways people access their health information, citing the company's work to integrate medical records into the iPhone as an example. We'll have to wait and see how the story unfolds as more details will likely surface soon.

While Cook's remarks may seem like standard hyperbolic CEO-speak, the Apple Watch's new ECG app is already saving lives.

Speaking with Jim Cramer of CNBC's Mad Money this week, Cook confirmed that Apple will "announce new services this year", though he failed to name any of the services.

"If you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question: 'What was Apple's greatest contribution to mankind?', it will be about health", he said. "We achieved net sales of $265.6 billion and operating income of $70.9 billion, each representing a year-over-year increase of 16 percent, and exceeding the 2018 maximum annual cash incentive program goals for both of those performance measures", the document said.

'There will more things coming. I don't wanna tell you what they are. But they're things that we feel really great about, that we've been working on for multiple years. "We're democratizing it. We're taking what has been with the institutions and empowering the individual to manage their health". Cook still has over 1.5 million Apple shares that haven't vested, worth about $US189 million at the current share price.

Cook goes on to explain that the Apple ecosystem is "probably underappreciated" and adds there's no reason to be concerned because in the long term not much is going to change for the company.

"We're just at the front end of this", Cook said.

During an interview with CNBC yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple's biggest contribution to the world will ultimately be in the realm of healthcare.

The Apple filing also had information on its achievements in 2018, such as reaching 100 per cent renewable energy in its global facilities, shipping the two billionth iOS device, launching the "Everyone Can Create" curriculum and more.

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