iOS 11 is bringing in some major additions & changes to the Health app on the iPhone. Starting with iCloud syncing, diabetes management & new workout data. Apart from this there are new workout activities available that developers can also integrate in their apps. There is also better integration with Watch OS 4 in terms of insulin management for diabetics and for swimming tracking.
Around 10% of the population in the US has diabetes, which is one of the major health issues. Apple is getting serious about this market and is even reportedly testing out glucose monitoring in the next Apple Watch. To begin with, they have allowed low power bluetooth connections directly to continuous glucose monitors. The Health app is also now configured to show more relevant data like tracking relative meal times to the blood glucose sample. It’s also going to allow to keep track of insulin delivery.
Apple has added new workout types: Hand cycling, Tai Chi and mixed cardio. Another much awaited major update is to their automatic swim detection with the Apple Watch. Users won’t need to manually start or stop the workout. Swimming sessions will automatically be recorded by the Apple watch based on its sensors. They have also added better integration for 3rd party apps for water lock and workout start/stop by pressing the side buttons of the device.
Apart from this developers will also be able to access workout routes from the Health app. Waist circumference and VO2 max are new parameters added to the Health app. WatchOS 4 will be able to track oxygen intake during certain exercises automatically. Another major development would be syncing all this Health data to the user’s iCloud.
With all these new features Apple Health is becoming a mature fitness & health platform. Looking forward to seeing the new applications that sync and analyse all this new data.
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