Apple’s iPhone is going from part-time health stat monitor to full-time mobile monitoring unit. HealthKit is a new service coming to the iPhone that tracks, records and analyzes your fitness level across a variety of metrics. The way you use it on iOS 8 is through a new app called, simply, “Health.” The initiative works with companies like Nike to bring all your health information into one place, under the Health app in the next update to iOS. It looks a lot like Passbook, using cards to identify various stats. Thusly, it enables customization of the stats you want tracked and how you want it presented.
Following our reports earlier this year that exclusively revealed details and screenshots of Apple’s Healthbook app, Apple today just officially announced the app confirming the details of our reports. Apple’s new platform, codenamed Healthbook, will be officially known as ‘HealthKit’ on the developer side of things, and will come with an accompanying app for iOS 8 called ‘Health’. “We believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people. We are pround to be ar the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app. – Dr John H. Noseworthy, CEO, Mayo Clinic”. As we detailed extensively in our previous reports, the Healthbook app in iOS 8 is used as a central location on the device to track data from apps and devices used for recording health and fitness related data. Apple detailed how it’s working with fitness app developers like Nike to integrate the Healthkit platform into their fitness tracking apps, and it’s also working with the Mayo Clinic and others in the healthcare field to enable integration with Apple’s new Health tracking app and their own iOS apps.