iOS 8’s rumored Healthbook app gets a mockup, more details


iOS 7.1 hasn’t even launched for consumers and we’re already looking ahead at what an iOS 8 update might bring. Rumors of a so-called Healthbook app have today greeted us with some fan-generated mockups of what we might be able to expect from the personal health and fitness tracking suite.

The name suggests (although even that could change) Apple will run with a Passbook-style card system and that’s what we see here. These cards are said to provide an array of health and fitness information, from exercise and diet to vital signs and more. Where will the bulk of this information come from? The iWatch, naturally.

According to 9to5Mac, one of the first sources to break news of Healthbook, the app mockups get things more or less in the ballpark, but the site cautions that we are by no means looking at a true representation of what could be Apple’s final design (if they have even settled on one at this point). The exact arrangement of information and aesthetic details might be off, but we’d be willing to bet these designs are on the right track.

Along with the mockups comes a bit of new info about what sort of data Healthbook will collect as well as how it will be collected. The iWatch looks to be central to the apps functionality (with some aid from the sensors in the iPhone). Much has been said about the sort of advanced health and fitness sensors that could be included in Apple’s first wearable. It appears this could include hardware to track blood pressure, glucose levels, and even hydration. If so, the iWatch with Healthbook would make for one of the most advanced personal wellness trackers on the market, a definite advantage over devices like the FitBit that only track basic movement data.

iOS 8 is expected to be announced later this year alongside new iPhone models and the highly anticipated iWatch. If Apple follows tradition, we will hear more about the software update in June at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Lex Lybrand

    I really wish we could lose the gradient in iOS.

    • Kevin Krause

      Yeah, agreed. I have been of the group that actually likes the overall design aesthetics of iOS 7, but the gradients are a bit tacky in some places.

      • Lex Lybrand

        They took a step in the right direction with the design changes for iOS 7, but they still haven’t fully committed to it. Some of the stuff is down right fugly.