When Apple first touted iOS 8, one of its biggest features was Health, an app that was expected to act as the cornerstone to all out health and wellbeing apps. Touted to be a hub for all the disparate information collected by third-party health trackers and the like, Health was, and still is, quite exciting for those who like to keep track of their health and fitness.
Unfortunately, the Health API and any apps that were built to use it had to be pulled at the 11th hour, with iOS 8 being forced to ship without any of the new hotness built in. Now though, with iOS 8.0.2 now landing on iPhones and iPads around the world, not only is Health alive and kicking but those apps that rely on i t are now starting to roll – or should it be, run – onto the App Store.
The first of those apps to really take advantage of Apple’s Health is Fitport, which acts as a central dashboard for health information and then shares that info with the Health app. Upon launching for the first time, Fitport guides users through a series of settings that controls what data can be shared with Health, and as a result, other third party applications.
More new and updated apps are beginning to be pushed onto the App Store, with Runkeeper just receiving an update that takes advantage of iOS 8-specific features in order to offer an even better experience than before. Expect to see other apps follow suit sooner rather than later, too, with apps that were ready prior to iOS 8 going live now being pushed back onto the App Store.
Even though iOS has been out for a little while, the addition of Health and related apps gives us something new to play with, and in the post iPhone release haze of late September, that’s always a very good thing indeed!
iOS 8.0.1 was a huge mess from Apple’s end which left around 40,000 iPhone 6 / 6 Plus devices without cellular service and Touch ID functionality, and with the release of iOS 8.0.2 yesterday, Apple has essentially fixed a number of bugs which could’ve spelled trouble for the company if they weren’t resolved swiftly.
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