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iOS 8 app leak details Apple iWatch, iPhone 6 health tracking features

Concept design of Apple Healthbook app
Concept design of Apple Healthbook app

Following reports that the Apple iPhone 6 may feature a built-in barometer, the focus shifts to a rumored health and fitness monitoring app for iOS 8. Apple’s long-rumored iWatch might be capable of also monitoring a user’s vital signs according to recent news about iOS 8.

As 9to5mac reports (March 17), some details about Apple’s rumored iOS application, Healthbook were revealed by unknown sources. We now have an idea of what the Apple iWatch or maybe another Apple wearable device can track in connection with the app.

Alleged screenshot leak recreations indicate that the Healthbook app’s UI design is based on iPhone’s Passbook app. Functions are categorized into cards within the Healthbook and the user can rearrange the tabs to suit their preference. The tabs represent data tracking for the following vitals: bloodwork, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and weight.

Healthbook’s fitness tracking of a user’s physical activity, nutrition and weight are similar to existing health and fitness apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The “Activity” tab lets users track the number of steps taken, the amount of calories burned and the amount of miles the user ran or walked. Under the “Nutrition” tab, users can input their food intake to manage their diet plan and count calories. Entering their height and weight data under Heatlhbook’s “Weight” tab, users can track their body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage stats. The “Activity” and “Weight” functions lets users track and view graphs of their daily, weekly, monthly or yearly progress.

Heart rate measuring and monitoring are features found on the Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 phone, Galaxy Gear line of watches and Gear Fit band. Samsung’s S Health app lets Android device owners track blood pressure and blood glucose levels with the integration of third party devices (As per Samsung, this feature is only available in select countries). According to 9to5mac, Healthbook will store and track heart rate and blood pressure information. Beyond that, the health tracking app allows for blood tracking functionality under its “Bloodwork”, “Oxygen Saturation”and “Blood Sugar” tabs.

Its suggested that the "Bloodwork" function could be used to keep a log of data received from lab reports results related to blood tests distributed to patients after their yearly physical. Oxygen saturation is a measure of how much oxygen a person’s bloodstream carries as a percentage of the max amount of oxygen that a person’s bloodstream can carry. Health practitioners use oxygen saturation to determine a person’s respiratory rate, which is the amount of breaths taken by the individual per minute.

The sleep tracking function in Healthbook can track and analyze a person’s sleeping cycles and may be similar to the sleep feature of fitness tracker bands FitBit and Jawbone. As 9to5mac reports, among the list of many Apple new hires for the iWatch team stands world renown sleep tracking expert, Roy J.E.M Raymann. It’s likely that his expertise in wearable devices, sensors and methods of improving sleep quality could be incorporated into the iWatch’s functionality.

he combination of Healthbook’s features can be useful to health and fitness enthusiasts, diabetics and people with high blood pressure. It may also appeal to just about anyone embarking on a path to a healthier lifestyle. The rumor mill says that Apple is currently testing Healthbook in iOS 8, the upcoming operating system for future iDevices including iPhone 6 and next generation iPad and iPod. Healthbook could debut with the launch of the Apple iWatch, expected to launch in later on this year, as MacRumors reports.

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