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This article was published on September 17, 2014

Apple pulls HealthKit apps from its iOS 8 launch after discovering a last-minute bug

Apple pulls HealthKit apps from its iOS 8 launch after discovering a last-minute bug
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Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him a Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him at [email protected].

Well, iOS 8 is here and, assuming you can get through to the servers and free up enough space on your device, you’ll have a shiny, new operating system to play with. But, a last-minute hiccup has prompted Apple to remove third-party apps from its App Store that had enabled day-one HealthKit support.

MyFitnessPal, which just announced miCoach support, has removed its latest update from the store and is working with Apple to resubmit a new version without HealthKit functionality.

CARROT Fit’s HealthKit update has also been pulled from the App Store. MacRumors reports that developer Brian Mueller posted on Twitter that HealthKit is “broken and isn’t ready to launch” with no ETA on a fix, but those tweets have since been deleted.

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Apple announced HealthKit at WWDC in June, offering developers a secure repository with health data for their apps. Entrusting our health data to Apple is a big step, especially in light of recent concerns over iCloud security. While removing apps today has slightly marred the company’s iOS 8 launch, a major HealthKit bug could have crippled the platform from the outset.

Update: Apple has issued the following statement:

We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.

Update 2, Sep 19: A spokesperson for Carrot got in touch to let us know that the $2.99 Carrot Fit app is once again available on the App Store. MyFitnessPal is also available again now.

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