The Future of Health Apps on Apple Watch

My latest @thinkapps post discusses on #AppleWatch discusses The Future of Health Apps on Apple Watch.

Coming on the heels of popular mobile health apps such as RunKeeperNike+, and MyFitnessPal, Apple forayed into the health industry during its annual WWDC conference last year, announcing HealthKit as part of its iOS 8 lineup.




The premise of HealthKit is not only to provide iPhone users with a centralized app to access all of one’s disparate health information, but also to liberate user health so that all health apps can contribute as well as consume data shared from other health apps.

This liberation gives users the choice of using one app for running, another app for nutrition and yet another for cycling. You no longer have to choose one app to bundle all your health tracking, while still getting a complete picture of all your health metrics and activities in one central location.    

Enter Apple Watch

Later in 2014, along with the new iPhones, Apple introduced the Apple Watch. Although it received attention for being a design marvel, as an accessory and an extension of the iPhone, Apple also envisaged the wearable as an excellent conduit for automatically tracking health information, such as heart rate, calories burned and steps walked, through its onboard bio-sensors.

This data would conveniently feed into Apple’s centralized Health app and ideally would not just focus on tracking running and biking, but also on your normal daily activities, from walking the dog to how many steps you take around the office. The mantra of HealthKit is to track as much health and activity information as possible from the user, with minimal obtrusiveness. 

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