With the launch of AirPods Pro last fall, Apple made it clear the AirPods lineup has room to grow. Even the original AirPods design is in its second generation. Reports continue to surface that Apple is working hard behind the scenes to bring new features to the wireless earphones. While the next AirPods release date is unknown, leaks point to on-board health monitoring capabilities.
Apple has finally gotten HealthKit up and rolling after delaying its launch a little over a week due to a bug in iOS 8.0. The first HealthKit-enabled apps starting appearing on the App Store on Friday after Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the issues plaguing the new health platform. One of the first HealthKit-compatible apps spotted in the wild was FitPort. The app promises to deliver a "simple dashboard for your daily fitness stats" by recording steps, cycling distance, active and dietary calories, plus more to Apple's Health app. FitPort is available now for $1.99.
Other HealthKit friendly apps include:
- WebMD (Free) Connect Healthy Target to the Apple Health app to receive actionable insights on your health data.
- Yummly (Free) - Recipe app. Allows you to send nutrition information to the Health app.
- Carrot Fit ($2.99) Allows you to sync your weight and workout data with the Health app.
- MyFitnessPal (Free)
• Add your meal summaries to HealthKit – You can now share meal data with HealthKit-connected apps every time you add food to your diary.
• Sync your weight with HealthKit – If you have an app that records your weight in HealthKit, we can automatically sync that with your MyFitnessPal account. Likewise, if you track your weight in MyFitnessPal we’ll keep your HealthKit data updated.
• Add exercises from other HealthKit apps to your diary – When you exercise with an app that saves workout data to HealthKit, we can adjust your daily calorie goal for you.
UPDATE: An Apple spokesperson has confirmed with The Verge that the iOS 8.0.1 update was pulled due to reports that it was disrupting cellular service and Touch ID functionality.
Just seven days after the release of iOS 8, Apple has rolled out iOS 8.0.1 to squash a few bugs. The update resolves an issue that was plaguing third-party HealthKit apps, a third-party keyboard bug that was causing problems with user passcodes, an issue with Safari and more. You can see the complete changelog below.
Apple released iOS 8 on September 17, 2014, just two days before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus . The first developer beta was made available on June 2, 2014. The update added many enhancements and new features, like a QuickType keyboard and HealtKit app, to Apple's OS.
As predicted, Apple announced its new Health app at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 in San Francisco, California. The new app and HealthKit tool for developers will give iOS 8 users an "easy-to-read dashboard" of their health and ﬁtness data, according to Apple.
The new Health app works a lot like the Passbook, collecting data from third-party apps that monitor your heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol and so on. Users will then be able to access all the collected data under one hub so they have a more accurate view of their overall fitness level. The app will also allow users to share their information with their doctors and create medical emergency cards that can be accessed directly from their device's Lock screen.