Fitbit has no plans to integrate with Apple's HealthKit, users riot

Fitbit has no plans to integrate with Apple's HealthKit, users riot
When Apple first announced HealthKit, it sounded like a potentially revolutionary app. The idea of having your tracked health data shared directly with your doctor with alerts for potentially aberrant readings? That could change healthcare quite a bit. Of course, that plan relies on one very fickle thing: support from third parties (at least until the Apple Watch is real). This is a lesson that Google has learned many times, but Apple hasn't had as much history.

But, HealthKit has received its first big blow recently, because Fitbit has said that it won't be adding compatibility for HealthKit. Fitbit is the most popular activity tracker brand on the market, with a number of wearables, but in a forum post it was made clear that HealthKit isn't in the plans: 


Of course, the case isn't exactly shut on this. The forum moderator said that the company is open to reconsidering, but it needs to be convinced first. So, the question was put out to the community, asking what they would want out of HealthKit integration, and why they see it as being worthwhile. If you're a Fitbit user and you want deeper iOS support, you're going to have to appeal to Fitbit on this one. 

If you check the source, users have already flooded the comments. As of this writing there are 41 pages of comments, most in favor of HealthKit support, and over 600 votes for integration. The general response is that users want a unified solution and if HealthKit can be that solution, developers should jump on board. We'll have to see what Fitbit's response will be. 

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8 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Fitbit is a good and inexpensive alternative to smartwatches.

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Looks like someone finally has the guts to stand up to Apple.

8. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

Not exactly a good idea though, especially if the Apple Watch is successful. If folks are welling to shell out $100 to $150 on a Fitbit, why not shell out for a watch that does far more? Combine a Fitbit with a Pebble and you have the price of an Apple Watch. This may hurt them more than help.

3. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Oh oh Papa John is not going to like this.

4. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Pizza Hut will... sorry a bit cheesy... stuffed in the crust. Ok, im done. Going to eat now.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

600 morons who want higher insurance rates and greater chances of claim denials. I really hope Fitbit DOES integrate with HealthInsuranceKit and they get completely screwed.

6. sdeetz

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

So FitBit integrates with Walgreen's Balance Rewards program but not Apple's HealthKit? Nice choice FitBit. I'm sure that decision won't be second guessed at all.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Seems like in one scenario, FitBit gets the money and in the other scenario, Apple gets the money. No one can fault FitBit for not wanting to make Apple richer at their own expense.

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