After Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the iPhone 6 issues caused by the previous iOS 8.0.1 update, on Friday the first HealthKit-enabled apps started hitting the App Store, although the company did not put up a special Health apps section on its website that would help users easily discover those health and fitness apps that were updated with Health functionality features. Since then, a special Apps for Health section has been created inside the App Store, highlighting some of the first apps that include HealthKit functionality. More →
Apple delayed the launch of HealthKit apps when it released iOS 8, even though Health is one of the main features of this year’s iOS update. The company then released iOS 8.0.1, which should have fixed HealthKit problems and allowed app developers to update their apps with HealthKit integration, but the update was quickly pulled as it was found to cause serious problems for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.
One of the more interesting reveals from Apple’s WWDC keynote was HealthKit, a tool iOS developers will be able to use to create a more cohesive and functional library of health and fitness apps for the iPhone. HealthKit will collect and sort all of the data from your third-party health and fitness apps in order to build a unified profile containing all the relevant information. We still don’t know exactly how Apple plans to implement HealthKit in the new iPhone, but a recent leak seems to have uncovered new hardware which will make Apple’s health initiative possible. More →
Apple is reportedly in talks with several potential health care partners for its HealthKit service, Reuters reports, including Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, but also with electronic health records providers including Allscripts and Epic Systems. The company has already inked a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, which will use HealthKit warnings related to certain health parameters to offer faster care to patients. More →
On Tuesday morning in Melbourne, Australia, HealthKit co-founder Alison Hardacre turned on her iPhone at 4:00 a.m. Like many entrepreneurs, she woke up thinking about her business and checked her email. To her astonishment, her email box was filling with excited questions. Had she cut a secret deal with Apple? Had Apple acquired her company?
Alison was gobsmacked.
She had founded HealthKit in early 2012 and registered HealthKit.com in the spring that same year. The site was the No. 1 search result for anyone who did a Google search for “healthkit.” How was it possible that Apple had just launched a very similar iOS 8 feature and taken her name? More →