Report: New Apple product will give your workouts that magic touch

Patent filings from the notoriously secret tech giant show that it's been working on a new product that would help organize a workout routine, and possibly manage health records as well.

A peek at an Apple patent filing that seems to indicate the company is working on a 'digital lifestyle' product. AppleInsider

Are you disappointed that your iPhone still hasn't made you sexier in the eyes of potential mates? Hey, don't give up yet. AppleInsider has unearthed a series of patent filings that seem to indicate the company is working on a new "digital lifestyle" product to help track and manage a fitness routine.

In a move that could rival Google's upcoming health initiatives , the Apple screenshots show that health information could also be shared with a user's authorized physicians.

The filings were submitted on Thursday.

The iPhone/iPod Touch interface in Apple's new patent filing. AppleInsider

The product appears to be an application that would require both a personal computer (reportedly both Mac and Windows) and one of Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone devices. The desktop-based software would initially ask the user to fill out an extensive survey pertaining to health and lifestyle, as well as workout goals and preferences, and then determine a workout regimen that would then synchronize to the mobile handset for trips to the gym.

Also in the filings were hints that there may be some new hardware components, too, as with the Nike+ iPod add-on that Apple released back in 2006. Like that product, this one could allow users to challenge their friends to workout competitions, and then keep track of rank with a points system.

Privacy wonks might freak out when (and if) this new product hits: according to the AppleInsider post, the survey in the desktop software includes questions about occupation, religious belief, identity, income level, familial status, and other things that go far beyond what the average Facebook profile discloses. Apple could potentially have a whole lot of information on a whole lot of people--right on down to whether they think they're fat.

On the bright side, maybe it really does take Steve Jobs & Co. to turn thousands of pasty geeks into toned, buff gym rats.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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