Apple's new Health Kit platform is set to revolutionize both the software, and the technological sides of the health and fitness world when it is launched later on this year. A report released on June 6 by 9to5Mac suggests that features within Health Kit will allow accessory makers to skip making applications for their health devices, with Apple doing all the grunt work in regards to software. Health Kit will allow some BTLE devices to natively sync directly to Health Kit, which means that accessory makers can focus solely on their accessories.
The findings will no doubt please accessory makers such as Polar, FitBit, Jawbone and many others who make health related accessories, simply because it means that they do not have to spend time and money on creating new apps to work with Apple's new iOS 8, and Health Kit software.
The accessories that will have built-in support via Bluetooth LE technology will include heart rate sensors, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose sensors, thermometers, and other wearable devices such as FitBit, and Jawbone activity trackers.
Thanks to BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) standards, consumers will be able to pair their devices via Bluetooth and will not have to worry about excessive battery consumption. Once the Bluetooth devices have been paired with either a iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, the devices will automatically upload information into Health Kit without the user having to do anything.
The Health Kit platform will be able to wireless sync with devices in the background with little effect on overall battery life. When users open the Health Kit application they will be able to find, and interact with information that has been sent to their phone or tablet. The ability to have on demand access to such information can only be a good thing for users overall, and will hopefully create an easy for way for individuals to monitor their overall health and well-being.
The new version of iOS (iOS 8), and the Health Kit application have already been made available to developers around the world. Both iOS 8 and Health Kit are expected to launch alongside the new iPhone 6 this September, with the rumored iWatch set to join the party in October 2014.