Rumored Apple ‘HealthBook’ May Impact Fitness Tracking

Smartphones made our lives more convenient with apps and features at our fingertips. But with Apple, they may soon become an extension of our bodies too.

Various technology websites are swirling with rumors about a possible Apple “HealthBook,” a full-featured app and wristband communication for the health-conscious population.

As written by Mark Gurman, a writer and reviewer for the site 9to5mac.com that, It becomes pretty clear by this point that the iWatch will, have a major focus on health and fitness.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment to ABC News on the rumors or the screen shots.

According to Gurman, the Apple app will likely keep tabs on a myriad of bodily functions, including resting heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and blood oxygen levels. It might also serve as an electronic medical record that could prove useful to patients, doctors, and emergency responders. None of today’s tracking devices come close to offering vast scope of data at your fingertips.

Even if the Apple product is a mirage, the category is already changing. Other large, established electronics brands have already begun to enter the market. Samsung’s upcoming S band, for example, will do fitness tracking exclusively, but its Gear 2 smartwatch will integrate fitness stats with email, Web surfing, and phone.

The device will go on sale next month for around $200. But it’s only compatible with Galaxy devices for now.

Sony is also planning a wearable tracker device. Its Core bracelet, which will go on sale sometime this spring for a yet to be determined price, will include typical fitness-tracking metrics.

Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park said that he’s not worried about competing with major players like Apple.

Fitbit is continually looking to add new types of sensors, app features and tracking metrics, Park said, but thinks some of the proposed features by Apple and others may take the idea of fitness monitoring too far for the average person.

There will always be a subset of people who will want as much tracking as possible. However, most people are interested in achieving their goals, yet you don’t need to go overboard to do that.

Park also said if tracking shifts to a more medical focus, more data could be useful. But of practical and everyday goals, too much information might be overwhelming for some consumers.

Sources:

  1. ABC News – “Rumored Apple ‘HealthBook’ May Shake Up Fitness Tracking Industry”
  2. 9to5Mac – “This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking”

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