Over the last months, there have been a lot of speculations about the next step Apple might take in healthcare, but to be honest, expectations were too high. The HealthKit Apple announced this week is an app measuring a few physical activities and the inclusion of other health trackers such as Nike Fuelband, Withings or Fitbit into the system.
Analysts expected to see a smartwatch measuring plenty of health parameters in an innovative way. Maybe next time.
Health will be able to source some user activity data in newer iOS devices, thanks to Apple’s M7 motion-tracking chip. But it will also tie into other quantified self-tracking apps and devices, and combine their data into one slick new user interface. Apple exec Craig Federighi mentioned Nike and the Mayo Clinic as partners, but more third-party developers will likely participate.