Healthbook: Apple’s major first step into health and fitness tracking revealed

“Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an iOS application codenamed Healthbook,” Gurman reports. “I first wrote about Apple’s plans for Healthbook in January, and multiple sources working directly on the initiative’s development have since provided new details and images of Healthbook that provide a clearer view of Apple’s plans for dramatically transforming the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking space.”

Gurman reports, “As detailed in the images throughout this article, which are complete recreations of screenshots, Healthbook’s user interface is largely inspired by the iPhone’s exisiting Passbook application. Versions of Healthbook in testing are capable of tracking several different health and fitness data points.”

More info and many images in the full article – recommended – here.

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iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking – February 1, 2014


  1. If this is true there will be a whole ecosystem of health hardware that will talk with health book. For example, “weight?” There’s no way any iWatch however fantastically conceived will be able to find out your weight. But a networked scale could.

    1. agreed and I am sure all remember that Apple is interested in both improving its ecosystem (new functionality that other developers and products can connect to) as well as making sure the ecosystem becomes more and more sticky.

      The iWatch should ensure the critical factors are collected in a seamless manner and as reliably as it has so nicely done with the fingerprint sensor. The M-CPU was designed to collect data from more sensor than just the motion sensor of the iPhone. There are factors such as pulse rate, blood oxygen levels, cadence, sleep factors, and I keep my fingers crossed for other sensors such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, lung Function tests, etc… even if it means optional add-ons to follow. I already have a wifi/Bluetooth scale and I am sure it will be upgraded to provide it’s data to health book.

      Of course all done with the security we expect from Apple.

  2. In the future, health bands will screen for diseases, viruses, poisonings and changes to DNA. Once a condition has been detected the device will send signals to nanobots in the bloodstream. These nanobots will repair the alignment. Nearly all people, pets, etc. will wear a health band.

      1. There will be virus detectors in public places like malls, airports, government facilities, etc. If a person has a virus and tries to gain access then alarms with flashing lights will activate and professionals in hazmat suits will “kindly” escort sick person away.

  3. Healthbook will succeed because of a lot of key factors that make people want to find and stop health problems before they get out of hand …

    1. Insurance, copays and deductibles … up, up & more up
    2. Waits for office visits … up, up and away (to a new doctor w/the ACA)
    3. Early testing can catch conditions months or years before other noticable symptoms arise, meaning people have a chance to alter their lifestyle or medicines to minimize problems.
    4. Internet health searches are right up there behind those for scantily clad lasses.

  4. This whole iWatch reminds me of when the rumors were swirling about the iPhone. Every concept that popped up was a flip phone. Nice looking flip phones, but nobody saw the iPhone in it’s final form. Now we’re seeing traditional “Watches”
    to depict the iWatch. I think the final form will be more inline with a “Wrist Coach” like you see NFL Quarterbacks wear.

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