Apple Health app will be a part of the new iOS 8 to be released this fall. On September 9, the new iPhone 6 will not be the only novelty. Firstly, there are two iPhone 6 versions rumored to be released at the same time, a first for the rigid Cupertino-based company. Secondly, this is the year of the smartwatches. As smartphones seem to increasingly offer incremental upgrades, compared to the smartphone world of one or two years ago, accessories begin to be viewed as an important element of the mobile experience. Thirdly, the new iOS 8 will be launched, as the next-gen iOS will definitely accompany the latest iPhone.
IOS 8 will feature an interesting app called Health. Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, but he still contributes to the company. Health app is said to have been Jobs’ latest idea, which makes sense, as he reportedly used his individual experience often to spur innovation. Health will be available on every iPhone that will support the latest iOS 8.
Basically Apple’s Health works as an aggregator of health related data. Apple wants to have third party developers create apps which will make the best use out of your health indicators. The health data will come from accessories like Apple’s own iWatch, or iTime, depending on who you ask. In order to provide developers with a working platform, Apple Healthkit framework was released.
Apple HealthKit framework needs third-party support to offer benefits
Apple needs to gather enough support for Health to take off, although this will probably not be a problem at all. Nike expressed its support for the HealthKit platform and include the app into its Fuelband app. Another important partner will be Mayo Clinic. Its doctors will be announced instantly when a patient’s blood pressure reaches dangerous levels, for example. Epic Systems, an important electronic health records company, will be another HealthKit partner, Trustedreviews reports.
Any other third-party who would like to develop apps can take advantage of various means of sampling the user’s health status. There are talks about a contact lens able to measure glucose levels, but that is Google’s idea. By taking into account blood pressure, glucose, pedometer info, for example, a third-party developer might come up with a personalized fitness regime by using Apple Healthkit framework. Hypochondriacs will love the new soon to be released Health app by Apple!