Apple’s iOS 8 will add several new features, but one new app stands to be the most compelling aspect of the update. It’s called Healthbook, and while we’ve seen a leaked screenshot and heard some details on it in the past, today 9to5Mac published the most complete guide to what we can expect yet. Healthbook will mark Apple’s entrance into the health-monitoring market, and it appears the software is much more powerful than any other options available to consumers from Apple’s competitors.
Products from FitBit allow you to keep track of your movement and calories burned, for example. Samsung’s new Gear Fit wristband will build on that and allows you to monitor your heart rate. With Healthbook, and presumably some sort of monitoring device on the iWatch or in third-party products, you’ll be able to keep track of more information than ever before from your phone.
9to5Mac recreated a screenshot that shows the ability to keep tack of your bloodwork and blood sugar levels, heart rate, hydration, your blood pressure, nutrition, sleep, weight, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and more. Some of those categories, like blood sugar, will likely need a medical tool while others, like your heart rate, could be delivered through sensors built into the iWatch. There will also be sections for monitoring your food intake, so that you enter in how many calories you’ve consumed and how many you’ve burned in an effort to monitor your weight.
Apple is reportedly working to get Healthbook ready for launch inside iOS 8, but 9to5Mac says “it is possible that the application’s launch could be pushed back to a future operating system version or cancelled entirely.” Hopefully that’s not the case and we see the app make its debut sometime later this year with the introduction of the rumored iWatch. Hit the source for more information.