Apple will put on its big show at its world wide developers conference on Monday, and you can expect it to take the opportunity to introduce its long-rumored health and fitness app and platform, “Healthbook.”
The announcement will be both more and less than the rumored “iWatch” wearable product announcement many Apple fans have been expecting. Less, because we don’t expect Apple to introduce any hardware on Monday. More, because Healthbook will likely be far more than just a device or an app — it will be a whole system for integrating health and fitness data across Apple’s product lines, complete with long-term trending and charting of your health and fitness progress.
“Over the next year it’s likely that they’ll be introducing a biosensing wearable as well as the Healthbook platform,” says Halle Tecco, the CEO and co-founder of the digital health startup accelerator Rock Health. “For next week, it’s probably just the platform. We are excited about both / either products, because having a company like Apple in healthcare can really help move the industry forward.”
For about six months now, market watchers have been wondering when Apple will officially dip its toe into the health and fitness monitoring market. Many have speculated that a new iWatch wearable (if it ever comes) would be packed with ways to track your steps, workouts, stress levels, and a host of other body metrics.
Other rumors have suggested an app, rather than a device, will be Apple’s focus.
The rumored app, often called “Healthbook,” might keep tabs on vitals such as weight, heart rate, sleep, and nutrition. It may also track more clinical things like blood work, blood pressure, hydration, blood sugar, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation.
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