Health tracking tools have gained momentum, to the point that Apple is considering moving into the space. It’s worth remembering that Apple is rarely the first into a given market — the first mass-produced MP3 player came out in 1998, while the iPod didn’t hit shelves until 2001 — but the company tends to leverage its design strengths to take newer product ideas to a higher level.
Leaked screenshots of the iPhone 6 include a ‘Healthbook’ app imply Apple has decided that the tools tracking individuals’ health data have a definite market, but there’s still room for some dramatic improvements. While we can’t assume too much just on the basis of a few screenshots, we can make some guesses on what those improvements may look like.
Integration Takes a Leading Role
One of the big difficulties in collecting and managing health data right now is that there aren’t easy ways to get all of your data into one tool. Apple has already proved capable of handling data management questions when it created iTunes, even if managing your music and your health are fairly different questions.
Those leaked screenshots seem to show some level of integration, with navigation tabs to help a user look at information like “Activity” and “Weight,” as well as information that’s unlikely to come from your existing fitness trackers, like “Bloodwork.”
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