WSJ: Apple to Release iPhone Journaling App for Logging Daily Activities

Apple is planning to launch a Day One-style iPhone journaling app to let users compile their daily activities, as part of its efforts in the physical and mental health market, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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From the paywalled report:

The software will compete in a category of so-called journaling apps, such as Day One, which lets users track and record their activities and thoughts. The new Apple product underscores the company's growing interest in mental health.

The Apple journaling app, code-named Jurassic, is designed to help users keep track of their daily lives, according to the documents describing the software. The app will analyze the users' behavior to determine what a typical day is like, including how much time is spent at home compared with elsewhere, and whether a certain day included something outside the norm, according to the documents.

Based on documents seen by WSJ, a personalization feature will highlight potential topics for users to write about, such as a workout, while the app will also offer "All Day People Discovery" to detect a user's physical proximity to other people.

According to the report, Apple's app will have the ability to gather much more user data than third-party journaling apps, and will have access to text messages and phone calls, but privacy and security will be central to the software's design. The analysis of the user's day will take place on-device, and journaling suggestions will remain in the system for four weeks, after which they will be removed.

It's not known when the app will be released, but it could be announced as soon as WWDC in June, when iOS 17 is set to be previewed, and could be a feature of the new operating system. The documents seen by WSJ offered no indication as to whether Apple plans to charge for the journaling app. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

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Top Rated Comments

Mac Fly (film) Avatar
15 months ago
The irony being most people would do much better mentally if they put away their phone.
Score: 79 Votes (Like | Disagree)
and 1989 others Avatar
15 months ago
'The app will analyze the users' behavior to determine what a typical day is like, including how much time is spent at home compared with elsewhere, and whether a certain day included something outside the norm'

And thus increasing anxiety about how much time you spend doing this and that, comparing your data to others data, planning how to overcome the new problems....

This won't fix mental health issues. It will compound them. The beauty of having an actual journal is that it does non of the stated 'benefits' of an app. It's you, the paper and the pen. Freedom to write what you like in quiet solitude. The journal cannot bring up a youtube video, send a text, receive a call, send a social media message while you are writing either.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mystery hill Avatar
15 months ago
The app is going to tell us that we spend too much time on MR.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
15 months ago
The new Apple product underscores the company’s growing interest in mental health.

Good thing that Apple is finally starting to address its mental health issues!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ridge Racer Avatar
15 months ago

I am concerned about them having access to text messages and phone calls? ?
They (i.e. Apple) wouldn't have access - the installed app would - as mentioned in the article: "analysis of the user's day will take place on-device"
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infinitejest Avatar
15 months ago
That would actually be great!
I was looking for one in the App Store not too long ago, but wasn’t really happy with what I could find.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)