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iOS 8: Healthbook app primed

iOS 8: Healthbook app primed

iOS 8’s launch is still months away, with chatter about the next–generation iPhone and iPad platform notable for being thin on the ground at this stage.

However, today at last some new inside information has emerged about Apple’s plans to turn iOS into a fitness fanatic’s fantasy.

According to 'sources briefed on the plans' and cited by 9to5 Mac, Cupertino is readying a new ‘Healthbook’ app as the OS’s top line feature.

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This forthcoming native add–on will track calories burned, tell you how far you’ve walked and how many steps you’ve taken. It’ll even track weight loss.

What puts this beyond current services from the likes of Runkeeper and key Apple ally Nike is the ability to keep an eye on everything from blood pressure to glucose levels. There’s even talk of being able to serve up reminders to take medication.

Interestingly, this could tie in neatly with the launch of Apple’s iWatch.

The timepiece is believed to be have major fitness credentials, thanks to Cupertino hiring Nike staff and talking up iOS’s health and fitness app potential in its last keynote.

Tracking those aforementioned vital signs is going to need a sensor. And that surely will come built into the iWatch.

While this remains a well–sourced rumour, it appears Apple will be going big on this later in the year. iOS 8 will likely be revealed at this year’s WWDC event, with an official rollout later in autumn.



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