Apple Confirms HealthKit Bug, Promises Fix by End of September

healthkit-logoJust before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier today, we noted that Apple had begun pulling HealthKit-related apps from the App Store, apparently due to a last-minute issue that cropped up in the new operating system. The issue has put a significant dent in the usefulness of the Health app that was to be a key feature of iOS 8, while also subjecting a number of third-party developers to uncertainty about the fate of their apps.

While details on the issue are still unknown, Apple has confirmed to Tim Bradshaw of Financial Times that it has discovered a "bug" in HealthKit that will require a software update to fix. Unfortunately, Apple is not necessarily promising an immediate turnaround on the fix, saying only that the company is aiming to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month".

iOS 8 is available now to owners of recent-generation iOS devices, and will be included on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when they officially launch on Friday. Aside from Health, iOS 8 includes a number of other features such as a new QuickType keyboard with word suggestions, support for systemwide third-party keyboards and Touch ID integration, Photos and Messages improvements, and Continuity features to make iOS device and Macs work more smoothly with each other.

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72 months ago
I'll bet you a donut that it was a security bug.
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72 months ago
Great, now I won't know if I'm dying.
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72 months ago
Apple is getting so sloppy

More and more bugs in Apple products, botched launches like Maps and now Healthkit, etc. etc.

Apple is losing its attention to the details that used to make Apple products special and that put Apple in its winning position in the first place. Beyond the Apple faithful core, the mainstream market started buying Apple iPods, iPhones, tablets, iMacs and laptops because those products just worked. Now, they *usually* work, and that's a big difference which will eventually come to haunt Apple over time.

Tim Cook needs to double-down execution and quality control. Maybe a little less time indulging in grand social engineering projects like increasing diversity in the workplace (when no one can actually point to any discrimination going on) will free up some spare cycles for Tim...
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72 months ago
So now Healthkit is sitting like a limp biscuit on hundreds of thousands of phones today? Jobs would have had a cow. Remember when he fired a room full of people for the Mobile Me fiasco? C'mon post-Jobs Apple(PJApple) - keep the bar high.:apple:
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72 months ago
"It's just a beta!!!!"

Isn't this why there was a 3 month beta cycle? Now it's public and broken.
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72 months ago
Celebrity raid, awful iPhone 6 stream, iPhone 6 site crash, now HealthKit..

Apple certainly is on a roll. :P
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