Update to iOS 8 Beta, updates Health app to track your caffeine intake

Update to iOS 8 Beta, updates Health app to track your caffeine intake
Apple has been updating the iOS 8 beta, and at the same time it has been working on adding new features to the Health app that will part of the next generation of Apple's mobile OS. The new features include a step counter, a meter that tracks the distance that you've traveled on a trip, and perhaps the most important of them all, a caffeine intake tracker. This will certainly come in handy for those who like to consume large amounts of coffee or cola, like software developers.

The Apple iPhone 5s itself will be able to act as a fitness tracker, thanks to sensors already pre-installed on the handset, and the M7 motion co-processor. But most people are going to want to use a smaller wearable device to collect the metrics, and have the Health app on their iPhone keep track of the numbers and tell them what they mean.

Right now, the Health app will accept info from third party fitness trackers, such as heart rate, blood pressure and other important health metrics. The rumored Apple iWatch is believed to be able to also capture much of the same information, and possibly blood glucose levels. This is the reading that diabetics need to know, if they are taking insulin injections to manage their diabetes. If the reading is too high, a shot of insulin might be required. If too low, the diabetic might need to consume sugar to counter act a previous insulin injection. As you might be able to tell, blood glucose tracking is a huge profit center for many pharmaceutical companies, and if the iWatch can get this aspect of health monitoring right, Apple could have something big here.

source: Forbes

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4 Comments

1. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

oh my god , these guys run out of materials...

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

So if your iPhone detects that you went inside a Starbucks, it adds 100mg of caffeine to your daily intake? What happens if you go to a Redbox outside of McDonalds? Does it add a McMeal to your diet? Basically anytime you go near a fast food restaurant, an ice cream parlors, the weed shop, hospitals, doctors, therapists, etc., you are risking a hike in your insurance premiums. And Apple is going to rake in the cash selling your data to the insurance companies, data brokers, Federal health care agencies, etc.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You are wrong. When iPhone detects you are in the Starbucks store you will get Starbucks app lockscren shortcut so you will order your coffe pay for it and the amount of caffeine added to your health book depends on what kind of coffee (and how much) you ordered. Basically it works flawlessly compared to other solutions. And how much money do you think they will get from selling users data ? Few cents (read: billions) a year ? That is an abysmal amout of money for them without even mentioning their care about users privacy... In other words they aren't an over all advertising company that needs to track their users all the time.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

First, I doubt Apple is going to force everyone who wants health data to order via their phone. Not every place will have this and some people just don't like ordering via phone. Second, the insurance companies know that if you are in Starbucks, you are getting caffeine. Or if you are in McDonalds, you are getting McMeals and McFries. You are going to get screwed as soon as they know where you are. As for profits, Apple makes a Lightning cable that is rated one of the worst products in the Apple store, due to lack of quality. Apple could make a better cable for just a tiny bit of extra cost. Tim Cook is legendary for doing anything possible to screw the customer for, as you put it, a "few cents". He will gladly sell your health data to anyone willing to pay. This is not for advertising, this is for billions of cold hard cash that he can put into Apple's coffers (and take his cut).

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