Tag Archives: HealthKit

Watch on sale, 3000 Watch apps, new Instagram filters, Cedars-Sinai embraces HealthKit

(Image from the Wall street Journal.)
(Image from the Wall Street Journal)

Apple Watch is in the hands of some customers; 3000 apps — Apple just launched the brand new Apple Watch App Store, accessible through the Apple Watch app included in iOS 8.2. Macworld has an unboxing, pairing, and personalising ‘this strange new device‘. The Apple Watch chips have been laid bare in X-ray, microscope imagery, and reviewers have already tried to destroy Apple Watch in the shower and swimming pool, but failed.

Instagram puts three filters and emoji hashtags at your disposal — Tired of your go-to Instagram filters? Meet Lark, Reyes, and Juno, Instagram’s newest additions to your creative toolbox.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center enables HealthKit integration for patient data — Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center updated its electronic health records system over the weekend to support data from Apple’s HealthKit platform, the hospital’s chief information officer has revealed.

HealthKit, ResearchKit, iPhone 6 and iPhone sales, CarPlay, Apple TV price drop, home security

Chart should help you in an Apple Watch buying decision.
Chart should help you in an Apple Watch buying decision.

Should you get an Apple Watch? This flowchart starts with a non-nonsense ‘Do you have at least [US] $349 to spare?’ If you answer ‘Yes’ the chart gets more convoluted and entertaining. Just don’t be “that guy” (or woman). You’ll see what I mean.

Apple Expands HealthKit with ResearchKit for iOS — Apple is expanding HealthKit for iOS 8 with a new platform called ResearchKit. It’s a way to collect medical data. Apple’s Jeff Williams said the platform will make it possible for health care professionals to get up to date and accurate patient data in near real time instead of waiting weeks or months between doctor visits. The program is Open Source.

Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus raise combined iPhone shipments to 700 million— Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday announced the company has sold over 700 million iPhones since launch, just months after Apple announced the sale of its 1 billionth iOS device.

Apple’s CarPlay supported by all ‘major’ manufacturers, coming to 40 new car models this year — Apple just announced its iOS-based infotainment system CarPlay will be incorporated into 40 new car models made by major automotive manufacturers in 2015, expanding the nascent platform’s footprint.

Apple drops Apple TV price by a third — In the US it’s now US$69. Here it sold for $159, now it will presumably be around NZ$100 [the Apple Store is currently down getting all the new info loaded in, presumably.]

Seven  steps you can take to boost your internet-connected home security — The Internet of Things is based on sensors and controls in all sorts of devices. When those types of devices are used to create a smart home, they can give residents unprecedented control and insight. The proliferation of smart devices, however, also opens the door to new dangers and threats.

Pinterest app discovery, Valentine apps, bonded labour, HealthKit, ESPN

New app Pins will link to an iOS app and allow you to download the app to your phone without leaving the Pinterest app.
New app Pins will link to an iOS app and allow you to download the app to your phone without leaving the Pinterest app.

Apple Turns to Pinterest for easier app discovery — Apple’s iPhone and iPad App Store is little more than a bag of hurt for app discovery, which led to sites like Applr as an alternative way to find the apps you want. Now Apple is trying a new approach at easier app discovery by teaming up with Pinterest. Pinterest debuts new ‘app Pins‘ to help you find the best iOS apps.

Valentine’s Day apps — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you haven’t yet made arrangements for Saturday, Apple World Today hopes these apps may help you turn a potential romantic disaster into a successful day full of kisses.

Apple cracks down on bonded labor practices in iPhone factories — Apple is taking a strong stance against factory workers being forced to pay for the privilege of getting a job. In the iPhone and iPad maker’s latest Supplier Responsibility Progress report, the company says employees working in factories that make its products cannot be forced into bonded labour or paying recruitment fees.

A month as a HealthKit patient — Marco Tabini tells about his little adventure in the land of smartphone-powered healthcare.

ESPN for iOS becomes a universal app for iPhone & iPad with new look, iPhone 6/+ support — ESPN’s official application for iOS was been given an overhaul, becoming a universal app for iPhone and iPad, gaining support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and getting a refreshed look.

iPhones 6, HealthKit, around Bend, HealthKit, Notification widgets, Camera 6, FBI cranky

Apple's new new Health app
Apple’s new new Health app

Going big: a review of Apple’s Apple’s new 4.7″ iPhone 6 vs. the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus by Mikey Campbell — “For the most part, components for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come from the same parts bin. Both handsets, for example, use a 1.4GHz A8 system-on-chip processor, advanced wireless communications suite, Touch ID, M8 motion coprocessor and Sony-sourced 8MP camera sensor. New capabilities like NFC for Apple Pay also comes standard.” And Mel Martin has spent four days with the iPhone 6.

Bend bulls__t Consumer Reports bend tests show iPhone 6 Plus is stronger than iPhone 6, Apple has only received 9 complaints about bent iPhone 6 Pluses (remember, Apple sold ten million iPhone 6s in the first three days) but if you’re one of them, there’s a replacement program, and Apple has opened its testing facility to show how serious it is about hardware strength.

iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps Hit the App Store — Now that iOS 8.0.2 is [safely] out with support for the Health app enabled, third-party developers are starting to roll out their apps with HealthKit support. The list isn’t very long yet, but it is growing so we expect to see more apps showing up soon. First was FitPort, the first app with HealthKit support. It functions as an overall health dashboard, collecting information from Apple’s built-in health app to give users a broad overview of their health. (Image from Apple’s page on Health apps.)

Use slow-motion video to improve your game with Ubersense Coach — This slow motion video analysis free app requires iOS 7.0 or later and works with all your iOS devices with cameras.

Camera+ 6.0 introduces manual controls and more to remain the best iOS camera app — Camera+ 6.0 introduces manual controls and improved macro and white balance options to make the best iOS camera app even better. The stars of the update are the new manual controls which allow you to quickly adjust focus and exposure on the fly while you shoot.

Best iOS 8 Notification widgest so far — Not all third-party apps are compatible with Notification Center widgets, there are a bunch of outstanding apps that are. Here’s a look at apps you can install as widgets right now.

FBI cranky at Apple’s security — It’s too tough for them. Hah!

Apple Watch 487 — Numbers, lists and speculations

Californian smartphones need kill switches from next year
Californian smartphones need kill switches from next year

Lists galore — In the lead-up to an Apple announcement (there’s an ‘Event’ September 9th) all the Apple following sites tend to resort to lists. Macworld in particular – I’m not saying this is bad, they’re usually really interesting: best apps for preschoolers, uni students, best features of he forthcoming iOS 8 for businesses …

Los Angeles drops iPads for schools — Meanwhile, life goes on. In what must be a shock for Apple, Los Angeles Superintendent John Deasy has suspended future use of a contract with Apple. This happened Monday 25th August. The deal was to provide iPads to all students in the the United States’ second-largest school system but scrutiny of the US$1-billion-plus effort had been mounting.
The contract had been approved just over a year ago. The terms meant Apple was expected to provide iPads with Pearson as the subcontractor. School board members were made to understand that the initial US$30-million contract was expected to expand to about US$500 million as the project rolled out over the following year. An additional US$500 million would be used to expand internet access and other infrastructure issues at schools.
The two main reasons Apple is now not in the pipeline is a deemed unsuitability of iPads in this environment (new electronic state tests were hard to read on iPad screens due to their size), but much more disturbingly, Deasy’s process looked, to critics, as if it had been skewed to favour Apple from the start. I’ll follow this with interest.

Californian kill switches — Meanwhile, California has passed a law mandating smartphone kill switches.
That means that smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen.
The demand is the result of a new law, signed into effect on Monday, that applies to all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 sold in the state. The inefficiency of producing phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be adopted by phone makers on handsets sold across the US – and around the world.
Apple had, of course, already responded to this request by adding a feature called Activation Lock into its iOS 7 operating system. This already meets all requirements of California’s kill switch law except one: it doesn’t come enabled in new phones out of the box. That’s all that will have to change.

iOS 7 dominates iDevice users — With iOS 8 on the horizon, 91% of Apple users made the switch to iOS 7. This is very impressive, especially when you compare it to the Android world: there are currently five different versions of Android each holding 10% or higher shares of that market.
That means Google’s Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices. This makes it hard for developers – which system to develop and test for? And it’s hard for consumers: which apps work on your particular system?
So on the one hand, Android users get the ‘freedom’ to play around with all these different system, while on the other, us iOS users are ‘trapped’ into a system most of us are using, which has a rock-solid testing and deployment process. I’m biased, of course, but it’s pretty obvious to me which one is preferable.

Windows 8 was no dragon slayer for Microsoft — Apple followers have been chortling over the almost constant reports for other tech analysts that Apple has messed up, about to die, missed the boat etc. Of course, all these things might be true, at least one day, but the style of reporting certainly shows a strong pattern. Some put Apple down by championing competitors in the strongest of terms as, finally, real ‘Apple beaters’.

An example is Zach Epstein. He postulated that Microsoft’s Windows 8 would be the Mac and iPad killer all rolled into one. In the Boy Genius Report in 2011, he wrote “Apple paved the way but Microsoft will get there first with Windows 8. A tablet that can be as fluid and user friendly as the iPad but as capable as a Windows laptop. A tablet that can boot in under 10 seconds and fire up a full-scale version of Adobe Dreamweaver a few moments later. A tablet that can be slipped into a dock to instantly become a fully capable touch-enabled laptop computer. This is Microsoft’s vision with Windows 8, and this is what it will deliver.”
Deliver? The same site’s Brad Reed now writes “Why did Windows 8 fail? … We know from well-connected Microsoft reporters and even directly from Microsoft employees that Microsoft knows it stumbled badly with Windows 8. Indeed, the Windows 8 brand has become so toxic that the company’s employees have reportedly dubbed it ‘the new Vista’.” Ouch.

HealthKit attracts medicos … and insurers — Meanwhile, it looks more and more like anything like a so-far imaginary Apple ‘iWatch’ will have a lot to do with medical and other sensory devices. And that’s the real impetus behind Apple’s June launch of HealthKit, which adds APIs and other services to a range of medical sensor makers and their related apps. Do you really want to monitor many aspects of your own body? I don’t – but I might one day. It certainly suits those trying to improve their fitness, but even more so, those with medical conditions … because conceivably this data could be shared with medical practitioners. They could get alerts when your heart rate of blood pressure go up, for example. They’ll call and say ‘Stop watching the rugby!’ Hah. Anyway, insurers seem to be getting into the concept too – these implications are discussed in a Mac Observer podcast.

China’s new OS — Finally, you may have heard that China has been deleting Apple devices from government agencies. Since Chinese tech companies haven’t developed their own operating systems that can compete with OS X, iOS, Windows, or Android, billions of dollars flow out of China, and Chinese security services feel like it exposes the country to espionage from the US National Security Agency (NSA).

So China is trying to develop it’s own OS based on Linux, which is ironic in itself. This is also discussed on the Mac Observer.

At the end of the day, I do recall that the Apple world remains an interesting hotbed of news, information and rumours.

iPhone 5 battery replacement, Healthkit, free writer apps, Vine’s new tools, Secret, Fudget, iOS 7, Max Gentleman

Apple activates iPhone 5 battery replacement program, to swap out affected parts for free — Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product’s launch in 2012 contain faulty components.

HealthKit is expanding the program
HealthKit is expanding the program

Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions — Apple is continuing to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.

Two free iOS writing and note apps — Vern Seward found his default writing app on iPad, WriteRoom, is no longer supported on that platform. So he went looking for other writing apps to fill that void.

Vine adds new editing tools and imported camera roll videos to iOS app — Vine for iOS has just received a massive new update the finally gives the video app equal footing with its rival Instagram. For the first time on Vine you can now create posts using video clips from your device’s camera roll, and then edit them to make your clip into the short film of your dreams.

Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts with real names in update — Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts. The app has just been banned in Brazil over concerns of cyber-bullying. [It’s a digital anonymous confessional.]

Fudget uncomplicates money management — Fudget, currently free in the App Store and available for both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, is built for simplicity. This isn’t an app that’s loaded with features. It’s streamlined and focused on taking the complications out of managing your money.

While 91% of Apple users run iOS 7, five different versions of Android hold 10%+ share — The latest mobile operating system statistics show that Google’s Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices, while Apple’s latest version of iOS runs on 91% of iPhones and iPads.

Max Gentlemen — The game Max Gentlemen has charted an odd, winding path to the App Store. Its creation was prompted by the subject line of a spam email before the game’s makers even had a proper studio formed, then took the form of a dating sim of sorts (that was put on hold), and was later turned into a hat-stacking game for a drinking-themed game jam, which led the game to be hosted in an arcade cabinet in a busy Chicago bar. It’s free and Universal.

HealthKit for Major Medical Centres, iPhones secure, Robin Williams in iPad Air ad, Detroit Slow Roll

The Detroit Slow Roll
The Detroit Slow Roll

Apple is pushing HealthKit as the standard at major medical centres — Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical centre. [Most medical staff are Apple already anyway.]

Surveillance leak shows spyware loves Android, but can’t infect Apple’s iPhones without jailbreak — Secret documents that anonymously leaked from global surveillance firm Gamma Group detail broad powers to spy on Android users via its FinSpy tool sold to law enforcement, but note that the tools lack the ability to infect iPhones unless they have been jailbroken.

Don’t worry, Apple has App Store curation under control — Jean-Louis Gasseé’s suggestion that Apple should abandon its App Store algorithms and rely instead on human curation entirely is well-intentioned, but flawed. It also ignores the tremendous amount of curation that already exists on the App Store today.

One of Robin Williams’ final productions was an Apple Your Verse ad — People were shocked last night at the news of the passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to express his sadness. One of his last projects was to provide the voiceover for Apple’s Your Verse ad for the iPad Air. In the ad, Williams read his monologue from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society.

New Apple ad features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’ — Apple has a new commercial out called Jason’s Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3000 people witness the revitalisation of Detroit from two wheels. The commercial follows Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, (pictured above) which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant.
USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial.

Apple iPhone event, HealthKit, new Pebble smartwatch, Samsung, App store, iOS video monitoring

New Pebble smart watches in fashion colours (so, for NZ fashion, where's black?!)New Pebble smart watches in fashion colours (so, for NZ fashion, where’s black?!)

Apple iPhone event scheduled for September 9 — Apple has announced a special event for September 9, 2014,  exactly 364 days since the iPhone 5s and 5c were revealed. The inevitable iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6es, depending on which rumour you buy into) is thought to be significantly larger than the current model.

Apple files for ‘HealthKit’ trademarks in the US, Europe — Nearly three months after first protecting the HealthKit moniker in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Apple has officially filed paperwork to expand that protection to the U. and the European Union.

Pebble unveils new limited-edition iOS-compatible pink, green & blue smart watches — With competition in the smartwatch space heating up, arguable market leader Pebble on Tuesday took the covers off of a new fashion-focused push that will see a limited run of US$150 Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink versions (above) of its original plastic-framed device made available to the public. [Please not, this is NOT an Apple smartwatch.]

Samsung’s chipmaking business posts weak outlook as rumours of Apple shift persist — To date, Samsung has been the sole supplier of custom A-series processors for Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad, but industry watchers again expect that to change after the South Korean company signalled that its microprocessor business has a bleak outlook.

App Store revenue, number of customers both reached new records for Apple in July — Apple on Tuesday revealed that the month of July was the best ever for its digital software downloads, as the App Store generated more revenue and had more customers make purchases than ever before.

Manything turns any iOS device into a home video monitoring system — Video security for your home or small business just got a lot easier and a lot less expensive thanks to Manything.
Manything is an all-in-one home video monitoring system for iOS that allows you to stream, record, and view video remotely from any iOS device using iOS 5 or later. That means your old iPhone 3GS just became a WiFI video camera instead of gathering dust.