The tech giant posted a job opening in mid July looking for “sensor ASIC architects to develop ASICs for new sensors and sensing systems for future Apple products,” according to the report.
A separate posting from August showed that Apple is looking for someone to “help develop health, wellness, and fitness sensors,” according to CNBC. An additional earlier posting from June mentioned that the company was also looking to continue working with optical sensors, which the company currently uses to measure heart rate.
Currently, Apple uses sensor-connected technology from Broadcom in its Apple Watch product, but may be looking to develop its own chip as a way to protect its IP from third-party developers, according to the report.
The hires don’t absolutely point to new tech, however, and could be related to the company’s existing biosensor technology, according to CNBC.
Apple has not officially commented on the matter.
In June, Reports emerged showing that Apple had submitted a patent application for a wearable blood pressure monitoring cuff.