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Apple Expected to Introduce Health Tracking App and Smart Home Toolkit at WWDC

The New York Times reports that Apple will be delving into two new areas on Monday -- connected health and the smart home.

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At WWDC 2014, Apple is expected to introduce a new health tracking app that will track statistics for health and fitness. Author Brian Chen cites an anonymous source "briefed on the product"
The health app will initially pull data from third-party fitness and health-monitoring hardware, the person said, but it will most likely be able to connect with a smart watch that Apple is widely expected to release this year.
Apple has also been rumored to be announcing their efforts in the connected smart home. On this front, Chen reports that Apple may introduce "tool kits for developers" to make smart home integration easier for developers and consumers. This initiative was previously described as a "Made for iPhone"-like certification.

Both of these products have been rumored in the lead up to WWDC, but last minute rumors and reports frequently leak out in the hours and days before the keynote. Apple's WWDC Keynote kicks off tomorrow at 10am Pacific. We'll provide live coverage here at MacRumors.com.

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21 weeks ago
Apple, I will do some healthy excersize thingies, but please update the Mac mini!

This will be WWDC,

Start with video of people using apple products
Spend the next x amount of minutes saying how great they are and mentioning apple stores in china.

New MacBook pros

iOS 8

OSX

Spend the last few minutes explaining all the great products they announced.

End of show


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[*]Press buttons and move things to rearrange the array of lights in front of you
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Rating: 17 Votes
21 weeks ago
Who da hell cares about Healthbook.. I hope that's not the best apple has to offer this year!
Rating: 17 Votes
21 weeks ago
1. Repost old news.
2. Add almost nothing.
3. Get more page clicks.
4. ...
5. Profit?
Rating: 16 Votes
21 weeks ago
I don't want apps, we already have a million of those. I want features! Embedded OS features!

[LIST]
[*]Customization
[*]Option for tiles
[*]Option for widgets
[*]That fancy multitasking everyone is talking about
[*]Stuff I can't think of
[/LIST]

Apps go into a "junk" folder.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 weeks ago
I wonder if Samsung will be rushing to make some sort of Smart Home device within the next 20 hours? :P
Rating: 10 Votes
21 weeks ago
Another app to join passbook, stocks and newsstand.. hidden just because you can't delete...
Rating: 9 Votes
21 weeks ago
This will be WWDC,

Start with video of people using apple products
Spend the next x amount of minutes saying how great they are and mentioning apple stores in china.

New MacBook pros

iOS 8

OSX

Spend the last few minutes explaining all the great products they announced.

End of show
Rating: 9 Votes
21 weeks ago

Who da hell cares about Healthbook.. I hope that's not the best apple has to offer this year!


I agree. I see it being like Passbook, but even less useful.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 weeks ago

You're OBVIOUSLY NOT feeling the hype enough yet.


1st step - read article
2nd step - feel exited
3rd step - read a related article
4th step - feel less exited
5th step - read yet another related article
6th step - fell bored and down goes the hype...
Rating: 7 Votes
21 weeks ago
Oh God no. Just a personal preference but all this focus on Health app integration is making me want to bang my head against a wall. As others have said, it'll just be another app that many users will shove into a 'junk' folder because they can't delete it. I've had passbook now for what feels like centuries. The only use I have for it? Cinema tickets. I don't have a 5S so I have no coprocessor and I have very little interest in an iWatch so the health book stuff will probably be of little use overall.

As for home automation. I know if you're into Apple then you're used to paying over the odds for things however this home automation thing seems like a good idea on paper but I don't know what the prices are like in the US but here in the UK anything like this is a considerable outlay to get up and running. It's easier to just get up and walk to a switch and flick it on/off. And I get a workout in the process.

Actually there's a point. Seems ironic that Apple are supposed to be putting all this health app stuff into iOS 8 and making it easier for us to sit on our butts and be less active while home automation does it for us :rolleyes:

Just a quick aside for the Americans here. As a Brit I always struggle to understand the US aversion to a national health service sort of thing. I hear things like "Big Government" and the like being thrown around. If the US Government were advocating everyone carries around a device that will constantly monitor their health (blood pressure, heart rate, calories etc.) what would be your reaction? Yet I see a lot of positive feedback when Apple are rumoured to be baking it deep into their next iOS. I know that's WAY off topic but thought I'd ask.
Rating: 7 Votes

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