An Ap­ple a day...

Mac Format - - FITNESS TECH -

HealthKit is Ap­ple’s spe­cialised soft­ware frame­work which al­lows third-party de­vel­op­ers and hard­ware makers to log and record bio­met­ric data taken from the phys­i­cal sen­sors that in­te­grate with its iOS Health app. (Google has a sim­i­lar so­lu­tion for An­droid users in the form of Google Fit, but its an­a­lyt­ics lean to­wards fit­ness and ex­er­cise track­ing rather than over­all health.)

While it’s tempt­ing to slap a dol­lar sign on ev­ery bit of recorded data and as­sume a fi­nan­cial mo­tive on Ap­ple’s part, there are good rea­sons to reel in the cyn­i­cism. HealthKit also pulls in data re­lated to al­ler­gies, glu­cose lev­els and more re­cently with iOS 9, analy­ses of women’s re­pro­duc­tive health. Thanks to its open‑source Re­searchKit frame­work, Ap­ple is now work­ing with doc­tors and re­searchers to help gather more ac­cu­rate data through the Health app for bet­ter treat­ing spe­cific con­di­tions (see page 81).

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