Tech giant recruits industry experts to ensure their app comes out on top.
Even with countless health-monitoring devices already on the market, 9to5Mac has caused a stir with the prediction that Apple could release their own version before the end of the year. Healthbook might even be available as soon as iOS 8, and would contain many of the features familiar to health & fitness tracking apps.
9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman put together an extensive report explains how the software might work, and even what it might look like thanks to reconstructed screenshots. Inspired by Apple’s Passbook app, there are cards available for bloodwork, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and weight.
Each of these features would have its own extensive dataset, and work with other pieces of information to provide an overview of your general health. Some of the notable features in Apple’s Healthbook include being able to check your bloodwork, which could aid diabetes sufferers; as well as an emergency card, which would store your name, birthdate, medication information, weight, eye color, blood type, and organ donor status, all of which make it easier for doctors to administer the right treatment when you can’t respond.
Gurman goes into much more detail in the full article, which you can find here, but it’s clear that Apple wants to be taken seriously. The article points out a number of noteworthy hires made by the tech giant over the past few years, which includes industry professionals in fitness, sleep, medicine and more. Each of these can be tied to a specific function within Healthbook, and suggests that Apple’s version is an impending reality.