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iOS 8 and iWatch, could be Apple’s gamble to redefine mHealth

Any topic related to Apple is of interest to all users to a greater or lesser extent. But among all of them, if there is one that is arousing special interest, it is iWatch, intelligent clock or whatever you want to call it. And following the latest news, the hiring of Michael O’Reilly or Nancy Dougherty, even more.

No doubt the next few months, even 2014 as a whole, will be marked by this issue. In 9to5Mac they no longer only address data on the more than possible new product, but also on the future version of iOS and how it will focus on the topic of health and fitness applications .

iWatch, another quantifier?

iOS 8 and iWatch, could be Apple’s gamble to redefine mHealthiOS 8 and iWatch, could be Apple’s gamble to redefine mHealth

Quantifiers are nothing new. In Xataka, our experts in quantifying day-to-day life have talked about them at length. So much so that we even know who, how and what is going to be quantified in this 2014. Proposals from different manufacturers that are interesting.

And it is no longer just third party companies, Sony or LG that manufacture smartphones that have joined the trend. Therefore, even without data that we can confirm with certainty, it seems that the next new Apple device will enter this category . At least, that’s my bet, a product that will be more similar to bracelets that help us measure our activity than to Samsung’s bets with its Samsung Gear or Pebble.

Of course, I don’t think it’s a copy of the Nike Fuelband, as much as we would like the spectacular concept we already saw at Apple. The iWatch, let’s keep referring to it that way, could have notifications, control of music playback on our iPhone, and other features of a smart clock. But also would be one of the most complete quantifiers according to the information and rumors.

Mark Gurman comments in his article that, according to its source, the iWatch will have different sensors that will measure the steps we take, calories consumed or distance traveled but could also go to more advanced data such as heart rate, blood pressure, etc..

A logical thing to do, isn’t it? That’s why Ben Shaffer or Jay Blahnik were hired, two people responsible for the development of the Fuelband who would go beyond the Sony quantifier. With all this, the company’s intention seems to be to redefine this new sector of quantifiers, of mHealth applications.

Healthbook, the code name of the new app that will arrive with iOS 8

If iOS 7 laid the foundation for the new user interface and introduced numerous APIs to empower and enable new possibilities for developers, iOS 8 will focus on further correcting and polishing the system but also enhancing the integration of health and fitness systems.

And it seems that one of the most visible novelties will be Healthbook (code name), an application of which for now we know that it would have an interface based on cards, its icon would be similar to Passbook but with references to aspects such as heart rate and that would facilitate the user to access the different data quickly and easily.

Una patente de Apple quizás nos ofrezca un adelante del futuro iWatch

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Temas de interés An application that could be combined with other services to have a lot of information about our health.

All this also gives us some extra information. If in iOS 8 the mHealth applications will have a strong presence and even the WWDC would not see a demo of the system that would not come as a final version until the end of the year, I think it is clear that iWatch, hopefully, would see the light by the end of 2014.

Apple, going for the mHealth device market

The current trend and interest that mHealth devices and applications are arousing among thousands of users does not take anyone by surprise. If I do not think they are essential to lead a healthy and active life, it is true that well used, when quantifying our exercise we have a greater awareness of what we are doing, they are a good contribution to motivation. Moreover, although we move to other levels, mHealth devices will be key in a few years.

I therefore believe that a new Apple device geared towards these needs, with its particular way of executing ideas and with the added value offered by its ecosystem, will be a great success. And then, I might be given enough reason to buy one. Because, to me personally, a “smart” Pebble watch is curious and interesting but does not give me much to buy it.

I am looking forward to the Apple news for 2014 , especially those affecting your software and services. Because the hardware is great but in the end, what really matters is what we get to do with the product. And there, the star is the software where iOS 8 could start the way with a more powerful integration of these functions that help our health.

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