Apple has health on its mind, and that should come as no surprise to watchers of the Cupertino, California-based company. There's been a bevy of hints over the past couple of years, but a new report suggests the tech giant is closer than ever to releasing a mobile-based, health-related product, in a bid to enter what is a growing and still unsaturated market.

According to the New York Times, Apple executives met with members of the Food and Drug Administration in January to "discuss mobile medical applications." 

"They are either trying to get the lay of the land for regulatory pathways with medical devices and apps and this was an initial meeting or Apple has been trying to push something through the F.D.A. for a while and they’ve had hangups," Mark A. McAndrew, a partner with the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, predicted to the newspaper.

Another report, courtesy of 9to5 Mac, claims that the product in question is a health-monitoring proposition called 'Healthbook,' which will reportedly include its own version of iOS to record health metrics store them in an interface similar to the existing Passbook.

[via The Verge]