Apple to release mobile healthcare and fitness app

May 20, 2014 - 

Apple is working on a mobile app designed to track healthcare and fitness levels.

According to a recently published report in 9to5Mac, Apple is testing software entitled “Healthbook ID”, that is slated to be included in iOS 8, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system for its iPod, iPhone and iPad devices.

The software will be designed to measure biorhythms, defined simply as the “rhythms of life”, which include vital body functions. The application will be designed to track physical activity, respiratory rate, sleep, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, hydration, nutrition and blood sugar.

With millions of mobile devices on the market and many more slated to be sold, Apple is determined to dominate the fast growing market for wearable fitness devices. Biometrics Research Group, Inc., the research arm of BiometricUpdate.com, expects the entire global biorhythm monitoring market to reach $100 million in sales by 2015. The research firm also expects that Apple will attempt to revolutionize the market, not unlike how it created the smartphone category with the initial release of its iPhone product.

Healthbook may be able to transform healthcare and fitness management, but it is always possible that the launch of the app could be delayed or cancelled.

If Healthbook is tied to new Apple hardware, it is projected that the debut of the mobile app would likely coincide with new hardware, along with the new iOS 8 operating system, during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference slated for this June.

Last year, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. projected that wearable health and fitness sensors would exceed 40 million shipments by 2015. As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, a wide range of other biometric fitness and healthcare applications have entered the market, including wireless and wearable activity and sleep trackers and even smartphone-enabled cardiograms.

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that revenue and shipments in the biorhythms space might exceed its initial projections if Apple releases biorhythm products that are well received by consumers.

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Rawlson O’Neil King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com and is an experienced communications professional, management consultant, trade journalist and author who recently published a book about control and electronic networks and who has written numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals about smart home and building technologies. Follow him @rawlsonking2.