Make the most out of HealthKit with these 5 apps

“Now that HealthKit and its supported apps have hit the App Store, you’re probably itching to try all of the apps and analyze as much health data as possible,” Leah Yamshon reports for Macworld. “But before you do that, think about the information that you really want to know every day.”

“With HealthKit, you can truly customize the health and data experience you want to have,” Yamshon reports. “That’s why it’s important to select your apps, devices, and Health app settings carefully, perhaps selecting apps that do one task well — one for tracking sleep, another for caloric intake, another for fitness, and a final app for general health — and then share that information freely with other HealthKit apps. And that’s exactly what the apps listed here do.”

Yamshon reports, “These five apps each bring something different to the table, delivering a well-balanced snapshot of your daily health routine.”

Read more about each app – Map My Run, MyFitnessPal, AskMD, MotionX 24/7, Lark – in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Some of these apps are a bit ridiculous: “Place your iPhone in bed next to you to track your sleep.” Seriously? No, we’ll not be sleeping with our iPhones and their lithium-ion batteries, thanks.

Also, from Apple’s battery information pages:

Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of temperatures, with 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C) as the ideal comfort zone. It’s especially important to avoid exposing your device to temperatures higher than 95° F (35° C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery won’t power your device as long on a given charge. Charging the device in high temperatures can damage it further. Even storing a battery in a hot environment can damage it irreversibly.

Human’s normal body temperature is 97.7–99.5° F (36.5–37.5° C). Sleeping under the covers can get really warm, especially when sharing the blanket with someone else. In other words: These temperatures can permanently damage your iPhone’s battery capacity.

When we’re asleep is when we charge our devices. Never put a charging device, plugged into the wall, in bed with you.


  1. 16° to 22° C ? Apple engineers really need to get out more… Most of the Pacific and Asia would be ruled out by these guidelines if anyone took them seriously.

    Exactly what is one supposed to do with an iPhone when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius, as it does in many Australian cities and towns every summer? Put it in an ice bucket?

    1. Apple engineers tried to engage with the highly reactive lithium in their batteries and convince it to be more tolerant but apparently chemistry can’t be argued with… ah!

      The option would be something like Tesla does with their batteries: water cooling. But not sure that – and the needed fans- would fit into the phone you’d want to use.

  2. I tried one of those put-it-under-the-covers sleep monitors and it worked perfectly well under a corner of the fitted sheet next to my pillow, where it’s not warm at all. You don’t have to put it under your body or under the blankets.

  3. I’ll ignore the referenced article for now. We’re just getting started with HealthKit. Fast-forward 6, 12 months from now, and the landscape will be much different – and better. It will be fun to see how HealthKit evolves. But keep in mind, we’re just getting started. And the media has articles to push in the mean time.

  4. I beg to Differ, the Motion X app is fantastic, you stick under your pillow and it very accurately measures sleep and records sound if you have a sleeping disorder, not to mention the step counter, the health App integration, etc..

    And worrying about your battery exploding in your bed is paranoid. If that’s the case, don’t carry your phone at all. An exploding battery in your pocket is way worse

  5. I’ll give Motion X a try. Understanding how Healthkit can work for you will take some time and apps like this are a good way to experiment. So I’m going to have an open mind and see what the developers can come up with.
    Cool things will be a weigh scale that automatically syncs with your phone. Same for blood pressure monitor and similar devices.

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