Rumored 'Healthbook' App for iOS 8 Suggests Significant Health Component to iWatch

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is developing a new app expected to be released alongside iOS 8 that collects and organizes information and data points related to the users health, including fitness statistics from the new M7 processor in the iPhone 5s, and possibly other data collected from a new wearable product, reports 9to5Mac.

    The app, reportedly called Healthbook, will be a preinstalled app that can track data points including a user's blood pressure, hydration, heart rate and potentially other statistics like glucose levels. It could also remind users to take medications at certain times during the day.
    9to5Mac also reports that Apple is designing iOS 8 with the iWatch in mind, saying that sources suggest the iWatch and iPhone will be "heavily reliant" on each other for health tracking. The iWatch will also include some mapping abilities as well.

    The site suggests that the iWatch will include the ability to measure statistics that the Healthbook app can measure -- including glucose levels and heart rate -- though nothing concrete is known. It does say that sources suggest Apple has been able to combine several different health sensors into one chipset in order to make them all smaller.

    Apple is also working on significant new features for its Maps app, including transit directions, though that feature still has significant amounts of work to be done and is not a "lock" to be included in iOS 8, claims the site.

    The New York Times reported earlier today that several Apple executives met with the FDA last month to discuss mobile medical applications. One expert said the meeting could be "to get the lay of the land for regulatory pathways with medical devices and apps" or "that Apple has been trying to push something through the F.D.A. for a while and they've had hangups."

    Apple has made a number of health-related hires in the past year, including employees with expertise in health sensors and other mobile health devices.

    iOS 8 is expected to be previewed at WWDC in June, while the iWatch -- which 9to5Mac says is "well into development" -- and new models of the iPhone are expected in the second half of the year.

    Article Link: Rumored 'Healthbook' App for iOS 8 Suggests Significant Health Component to iWatch
  2. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I can imagine a lot of people not really into health trackers being turned off by iWatch, but it sounds really good to me.
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
    Oh boy, another app I can't delete. Newsstand, meet healthbook.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    They can get a watch then
  5. macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    this iwatch gets more and more exciting with every rumor, i can't wait!
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    hmmm i don't think they will unveil iOS 8 until the iwatch is ready, unless they will launch the iwatch at WWDC this year ... fingers crossed.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Ooo i'm loving this

    When you're young like teens or 20s, people usually don't monitor their health. but when you're 30+ you started to watch what you're eating. I think this will do well in 30+ age demographic.
  8. macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2010
    Shut up and take my money!

    Oh please Apple, make this. And make it good. Pleeeeease. :D
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    had zero interest.. but this changes things. Would buy
  10. macrumors 68000

    May 1, 2013
    Or they can announce it without releasing it.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Would love to get readings on my blood pressure, heart rate, etc. whilst working out. So then I can more accurately track calories burned, etc. when inputting such figures into MyFitnessPal.

    ... While I realize products out there already exist to do this, an iWatch would be infinitely cooler :p
  12. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Sounds exciting! I can already see me using this app a lot for my gym and crossfit records and stuff!
  13. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
  14. macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2013
    I can understand these measurements for diabetics or folks with blood pressure issues, etc.

    But is this really appealing to folks that don't have any real health issues? Don't get me wrong, this is all pretty cool, especially if iWatch can do all this. But as a normal, healthy adult, I see this more as a novelty than anything. Measurements are all fine and dandy but what do I need them for? Just simple health tracking?? There's already a ton of things that do this.

    I can't see iWatch being geared to a niche market. So beyond this, obvious notifications, what else is gonna be used for?

    We can all speculate but I anxiously await Apple's move into wearables.
  15. macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2010
    You're a minority sir... ;)
  16. macrumors 68000

    May 1, 2013
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2004
    this is going to be a very big failure.
    There is a subset of people who would care for this (Lululemon people) and its a small population.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    I think it sounds useful, and a good idea to get to actual use cases for the iWatch. I don't think it'll be a success if it can only run existing apps and offer little more.

    I often get headaches if I let my blood sugar levels drop too much by eating e.g. too many carbs in a meal, and these can be kind of tough to get rid of even if I eat better in a while. Especially if I get them at work, they can cause me to tense up and then I have a neck pain soon enough as well which will simply require NSAID's.

    All this entire chain of events could be helped if I simply got an early warning. If it can catch on before my physical signs surface, that would be great and a killer feature alone.

    Of course, these features would also be a new, largely untapped and major motivation to get exercise as well. :)
  19. AngerDanger, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    except iOS won't get released at WWDC.

    So we're probably looking at a Late Summer/Early Fall launch....
  21. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Apple's increasingly serious about something health-related for sure.

    But I wouldn't take this app as a specific indicator of what details some future Apple-branded wearable ("watch" or otherwise) will track: the app could simply be including support for third-party medical devices, allowing specialized uses beyond what Apple's products can do alone.
  22. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2013
    This seems logical. You could use the get iWatch to get a simple view on your data, but if you use an iOS device (or Mac?) you get much richer experience. Maybe it will entice people who haven't got, say, an iPad or iPhone, to buy one.

    A bit off-topic, but... look at the picture in the article. What do you see? iOS icons with backdrop shadows (is that what you call them?). Why were they removed in iOS 7? :confused:
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Huh? I care about my health, besides my thoughts above. Do you not care about your health? I think this seems quite helpful. Certainly more so than Passbooks, Stock Tickers, and Newsstands.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    Getting a bit ahead?

    I think Apple should focus on repairing and refining the iOS UI since it is extremely broken in iOS 7. Yes, they need to fix the icons, blinding whitespace, bugs, glitches, etc. but honestly until they can fix what what was broken, they should hold off on major new features and work on making the stock apps more efficient and usable again (especially the music app).

    The healthbook app sounds promising and cool, don't get me wrong but there's a lot else they need to work on before they can move iOS on to bigger and better things.

    I really hope Jony Ive has grown as a UI designer and I want iOS 8 to be infinitely better than the disaster that was 7. Hopefully Ive doesn't let iOS grow stale (7 already feels stale tbh) like Forstall did and have the software change and develop along with his hardware designs.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2004
    If you cared about your health you'd exercise. Don't need a $200 watch to help you with this. Yes, those things are useless, but they don't increase the cost of the product. Myfitnesspal or whatever its called works perfectly for most people.

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