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Apple's iOS 8 may feature a Healthbook app, iWatch rumored again to have health-related functions

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Apple's iOS 8 may feature a Healthbook app, iWatch rumored again to have health-related functions
Whether or not Apple is going to launch a smart watch dubbed iWatch this year, the Cupertino company will almost surely unveil a new iOS version, likely called iOS 8.

According to 9to5mac and sources familiar with Apple’s plans, one of iOS 8’s headline features could be health and fitness tracking integration. Reportedly, the new version of Apple’s operating system will include an application currently codenamed Healthbook. It’s said that Healthbook is visually similar to Apple’s Passbook app, its interface resembling a stack of cards that users can conveniently swipe between. The Healthbook app should be able to monitor your vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, hydration levels, and possibly also glucose levels. It should also be great for fitness, tracking calories burned, miles walked, steps taken and so on.

While Apple is seemingly working on this app, 9to5mac notes that it may ultimately decide not to include it in iOS 8.

New apps aside, it’s said that iOS 8 - codenamed Okemo - won’t be too different from iOS 7 design-wise, although “minor enhancements” should be expected.

As for the rumored iWatch, it’s said that this would be used by the Healthbook app (and iOS 8 in general) to collect some of the data needed. Thus, the Apple smart watch should include sensors capable of measuring heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs. Another “focal point for the iWatch” should be mapping functionality. Apparently, the smart watch will be heavily dependent on the iPhone.

We are hearing that Apple may announce two new iPhones this year, both coming with larger displays than the current iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models. Will the iWatch join them in Apple's 2014 lineup of new iOS devices? Only time can tell.

source: 9to5mac

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posted on 31 Jan 2014, 20:14 2

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 10274; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man bring it on, the jedii has money that needs to be taken. iPhone 6, iWatch, iPad, ios8. I'm gonna have an iOverload.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 21:00 7

3. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Nice to see the cult alive and well....you remind of that that Wendy dude...

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 21:23

4. rihel_95 (Posts: 205; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


wendy was not probably a dude..btw she remains silent tgese days..

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 05:06

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2400; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


She's unregistered

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 00:46

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 10274; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You remind me of Troll

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 07:59

9. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


wendy garet or something like that ,,haha..she is lost nowadays

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 22:46 1

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


7 wasn't Apple's lucky number but people then got used to it (80% adoption at this point). Apple has been doing a lot of hiring in the health department, I will be looking forward to see what they come up with

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 20:58 1

2. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Please, no more watches - I just want one device that does everything - how about this? How about a device that has a screen that can shrink or can be enlarged? That way it is a one size that fits all, type of phone, for anyone to use, as some people like tiny screened iphones and other like phablets. So, maybe make the screen adjustable from 4 inches to 10 inches, and then create that same device with the ability to wear it like a watch. When that is a reality, then I will buy it....

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 02:27

7. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Love the speculation.. how about we leave it until someone actually knows whats really happening.. lol..

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