Apple Once Again Allowing HealthKit-Capable Apps in iOS App Store
Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier this month, Apple removed all HealthKit-enabled apps from the iOS App Store due to an last-minute issue with the service. Addressing the issue, Apple promised it was working on a fix with the goal to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month". As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple is now allowing apps with HealthKit features back into the iOS App Store.
One of the first apps to debut with HealthKit today is FitPort [Direct Link], a replacement for the iOS 8 Health app. The fitness dashboard allows users both to view health stats pulled from Apple's Health database and to enter new data manually. Now that Apple is approving these apps, there should be a deluge of new HealthKit-capable apps appearing in the App Store in the coming days.
Apple planned to fix the HealthKit issue with iOS 8.0.1, but problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID functionality on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices forced Apple to pull the update shortly after release. The company fixed these iOS problems and updated HealthKit in iOS 8.0.2, which was released late Thursday.
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Same reasons developers build calculator apps, messaging apps, music apps, note apps, and apps to replace pretty much every app that comes on iPhone.
Any word on when the Nike+ app will work with Health app? Was shown off during the keynote so assumed it would be the first one updated...
It concerns me that someone like Jawbone will decide that their UP app will be the ultimate health app, so will pull data from all the other health apps via HealthKit, but won't share its own data back. You want to see ALL your info in one place? Then you need our app. I'm hoping there's some form of safeguard in place to prevent this but I've not seen mention of anything yet.