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This article was published on February 1, 2014

Apple is reportedly going big on health and fitness with iWatch and iOS 8

Apple is reportedly going big on health and fitness with iWatch and iOS 8 Image by: Feng Li
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Apple is reportedly looking to bring health and fitness tracking to iOS devices. 9to5Mac says that the company is working to bring these integrations into its newest operating system and enable users to monitor their activity through its own wearable device, the iWatch.

According to reports, in iOS 8, which is believed to be released this year, there will be a new application called “Healthbook”, which will track fitness statistics like steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked — similar to what is already available through the Nike+ Fuel band, Fitbit, and Jawbone UP! However, what makes Apple’s version more appealing is that Healthbook will also analyze a person’s vital signs such as blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and more.

It’s known that Apple would be unveiling an iWatch for a while — it has filed paperwork for the trademark in several countries like Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. The company also met recently with the US Food and Drug Administration to discuss mobile medical applications.

iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking (9to5Mac)

Photo credit: Feng Li/Getty Images

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