Apple is set to reinvent the mobile healthcare and fitness world.
Company currently plans to release a new version of the iPhone operating system this year with health and fitness tracking integration. Apple’s work on such an operating system likely indicates that Apple is nearing the introduction of its much-rumored, sensor-laden “iWatch,”.
»Healthbook« will provide ability to monitor user’s vital signs. This app is rumored to be able to track a person’s blood pressure, heart rate, hydration levels, and potentially several other blood-related data points, such as glucose levels.
The software is also programmed to allow users to enter details about their medications so they can add reminders to take medicine at scheduled times. This will probably integrate with iOS’s existing Reminders application.
The aplication »healthbook« will be capable of monitoring and storing fitness statistics such as steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked. What is more, the app will have the ability to manage and track weight loss. The software will be a pre-installed challenger to offerings such as those from Nike and Fitbit, making it all the more intriguing that Apple CEO Tim Cook still sits on Nike’s Board of Directors.
The “Healthbook” application is said to take multiple user interface cues from Apple’s own Passbook app, which is software for storing loyalty cards, coupons, and other materials normally stored in physical wallets.
The new health and fitness application’s interface is a stack of cards that can be easily swiped between. Each card represents a different fitness or health data point.
Sources warn that the health functionality could ultimately be removed from iOS 8 before its scheduled introduction. Apple develops several features for future operating systems and then finalizes which features make the cut for the release closer to launch.