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.

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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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77 months ago

Hopefully they will have better interfaces than the terrible one of the Health app

It's not terrible. If anything I wish you could just hide the charts on the dashboard and show only the heading with today's numbers for that particular data.

Mockup:

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77 months ago
I wonder how long it will take for updated apps. You would think they have them ready to go and just need to test again and release an update.
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77 months ago

Why build an app to replace the health app?.


Same reasons developers build calculator apps, messaging apps, music apps, note apps, and apps to replace pretty much every app that comes on iPhone.
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77 months ago
Nike+

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...
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77 months ago
Looking forward to using this App to get more exercises in and loose weight... for about 1 month of excitement... and then start coming up with some excuses why I don't use it that much anymore... before stopping any type of exercise... :D
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77 months ago
I'm really hoping this isn't the start of a trend of app developers leaching data *out* of HealthKit and the app but not feeding it back in. I want the Health app to be an aggregator for all my health/fitness data from various 3rd party apps (Withings, UP, Nike Running), so I want all my apps feeding *into* it. Data sharing between the numerous third party health and fitness apps was a frustrating mess and will continue to be so if devs don't play ball with HealthKit.

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.
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