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Healthbook, HealthKit, and iResearch Names Revealed in Trademark Filings

healthbook_singleOne of the major new features expected in iOS 8 is "Healthbook", a system for keeping track of and providing at-a-glance access to various types of health and fitness information. The system would be ideal for interfacing with Apple's rumored iWatch with built-in biometric sensors, but even before that device's introduction would also be useful for collecting data from sensors within the iPhone and third-party health accessories.

MacRumors has now discovered several trademark applications related to the Healthbook name, and while information on the applications available online does not directly link them to Apple, circumstantial evidence suggests that they are indeed Apple's filings. The filings were made earlier this year in Trinidad and Tobago, one of Apple's favored early trademark filing locations.

First is a pair of filings protecting Healthbook itself and a two-word variation of Health Book. Rumors and a leaked screenshot have indicated that Apple has been planning to use the one-word variation, but it is understandable that Apple would want to protect both versions. The applications were filed on February 3 of this year, just days after the name was publicly revealed.

Supporting the notion that these are Apple filings is the fact that two different trademark applications for "Apple CarPlay" were filed on the same day, roughly a month before iOS in the Car was publicly announced as having been renamed CarPlay.

Just one day later, another series of trademark applications were filed for several other terms, including HealthKit, iResearch, and iReasearch. Again, while these can not be directly linked to Apple, the timing and other circumstantial evidence suggests that these are in fact Apple's applications.

It is not entirely clear what these terms are intended to describe, although HealthKit could be a set of developer tools for Healthbook integration in much the same way Apple has named other kits such as UIKit and GameKit. The focus of iResearch is even less clear, and iReasearch could simply be a typo that was quickly corrected with another filing.

All of the new health- and research-related trademark applications are filed under four international classes: 9 (computer software), 10 (medical apparatus), 14 (jewelry and watches), and 42 (computer hardware and software development services).

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12 weeks ago
Thank goodness for the hydration card. I'm never certain if I'm thirsty or not.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago

I like the healthbook card-style layout but I hope there's a 'general' card that displays an overview of important data from all cards.


The overviews for each subsection seem to be displayed to the right of the cards' headings.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago
I like the healthbook card-style layout but I hope there's a 'general' card that displays an overview of important data from all cards.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
Looks like more pointless icons on my phone, they can join voice memos, stocks, notes, game center, reminders, compass, newsstand, FaceTime, siri, apple maps, iCloud, twitter, Facebook, flickr and vimeo.

I realise most people use all this stuff, but to me it's like having a Windows PC with loads of bloatware installed - Apple talk about clean design, then install stuff I'm never going to use and can't get rid of.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
HealthBook is obviously the app, HealthKit is probably the associated framework, but iResearch? That's a juicy name...
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

I like the healthbook card-style layout but I hope there's a 'general' card that displays an overview of important data from all cards.


Look more closely. The top-right of each card has its most important data.

edit: Fresh Pie beat me to it by a few seconds.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

No, thank you. :cool:

I use can't. :p
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

Look more closely. The top-right of each card has its most important data.

edit: Fresh Pie beat me to it by a few seconds.


Not the best execution in this mockup. Blood pressure looks clunky with the almost overlapping text :/
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago
You can get rid of twitter, Facebook Flickr and Vimeo. Siri is not an app and so not an icon on your phone. Further
You can put them all in one folder and problem solved

Looks like more pointless icons on my phone, they can join voice memos, stocks, notes, game center, reminders, compass, newsstand, FaceTime, siri, apple maps, iCloud, twitter, Facebook, flickr and vimeo.



I realise most people use all this stuff, but to me it's like having a Windows PC with loads of bloatware installed - Apple talk about clean design, then install stuff I'm never going to use and can't get rid of.

Rating: 1 Votes
12 weeks ago
Health info, watches, whatever all seem pretty stupid. People with HTN so bad they need to check their BP daily (maybe 5% people with HTN) probably already have apps. Same with diabetics. Otherwise for most people the marginal gain of keeping track of these sort of metrics outside specific goals (run. Marathon, lose weight, lift more weight) must be very close to zero. It just seems desperate to join this pointless market. A killer app/device would be something that could scan you meal and estimate the calories.

I am interested to see what Apple does. But this type of health information tracking fetish is pretty rare. But maybe they have figured out something we all need.
Rating: 1 Votes

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