Abdel Ibrahim makes the case for Apple to make a “smart scale”:
Over the past two years, we’ve seen Apple talk about Health over
and over again. The conversation started with the Health app on
iPhone and then got amplified with the introduction of the Apple
Watch. Both of these products do a great job of capturing
information. The only problem is that I have to rely on
third-party hardware to tell me what that information means. If
Apple is all about providing an ecosystem of great hardware,
software, and services, then making a scale that can give me an
output of all sorts of body-related information seems like a
My first thought when I read this was, Meh, who cares? But my second thought was that maybe something like this would be the modern-day equivalent of products like Wi-Fi base stations. If you think about it, Airport base stations are a weird product for Apple — small potatoes. But sometimes it makes sense for Apple to make small potato products that will help make Apple’s flagship products “just work”.
That said, I don’t think Apple would actually make a scale — that’s what HealthKit is for.
★ Thursday, 30 July 2015