Health watch

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The iPad is far from the only way Ap­ple is fo­cus­ing on health­care.

The Ap­ple Watch is mak­ing a big push on this side of things, with a whole sys­tem de­signed around get­ting fit and healthy. That in­cludes the Watch’s built-in work­out apps, its heart rate sen­sor, its GPS and its water-re­sis­tant case.

On the soft­ware side, Ap­ple has re­leased three frame­works to help de­vel­op­ers build health-fo­cused apps. The first was HealthKit, un­veiled in 2014, which lets apps work to­gether and share health in­for­ma­tion with each other and with med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. Ap­ple has also since launched Re­searchKit, which al­lows re­searchers to col­lect health in­for­ma­tion from users, and CareKit, which is de­signed to help end users bet­ter un­der­stand and man­age their own health and med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Ap­ple is se­ri­ous about health with both its phys­i­cal prod­ucts and apps, and is work­ing with con­sumers and med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions alike to make im­prove­ments to health­care.

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