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Apple’s Health App Updated to Track Caffeine Intake

by Jacob Kleinman | July 8, 2014July 8, 2014 7:00 pm PST

Apple’s iOS 8 is still in beta, but the company is already rolling out updates for some of its newest mobile services. Yesterday saw the release of iOS 8 Beta 3, and it looks like the update included a few additions to Health, Apple’s new fitness-tracking app.

9to5Mac notes that Health now includes a category for measuring your caffeine intake along with the ability to track your daily steps using the iPhone’s M7 motion coprocessor. The option to track your movements without an extra device is a big improvement, which helps turn the iPhone 5s and presumably the iPhone 6 into self-contained fitness trackers. Health lets you sort this data by day, week, month or year, and even share the information with your other apps.

Meanwhile, Caffeine has been added to the long list of categories featured in Health. There are already several apps and services available for measuring your coffee intake, including one from Jawbone, but Apple’s decision to add the category will likely push more developers to follow suit. This could also be a hint at what the iWatch might be capable of when it finally launches.

Finally, Apple included a few small design changes to Health’s Medical ID tab with its iOS 8 Beta 3, but that’s about it. The update also includes a slight redesign for Photo and FaceTime, Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile’s network, and improvements to iCloud Drive and the new QuickType keyboard.

That’s it for now, but we’ll let you know if we spot any other changes to iOS 8 with this third beta.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...