Apple iWatch and iOS 8 will go after health and fitness: Report

The mobile health and fitness market will have a firm believer in the form of Apple’s iWatch running on iOS 8. At least, that’s what a report on Cupertino’s much-talked-about smartwatch is saying. Companies have to find their niche in order to run a successful business around any product or service.

It you look at how smartwatches have been received by the market, it’s not a very promising scene for high tech wrist wear. What is a smartwatch but a device which lets you keep your phone in your pocket and carries out basic tasks in its stead? Really, it’s like having an extra gadget for you without enough reason to justify its existence.

iWatch Concept

But what if a wearable like this could be much more useful than that? If you care about staying fit even while working a sedentary job, then you probably take the stairs whenever you can and get up to stretch a bit sometimes. Options like the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone are quite handy for helping you tell whether that’s good enough or not.

iOS and Healthbook

Now 9to5Mac reports that iOS 8 will have Healthbook as one of its highlighted features. The health and fitness tracker will be an integrated app designed to let users keep tabs on essentials like steps taken, miles walked and calories burned among other things. It will gel with the iWatch as well as the iDevice to which it’s hooked up.

Additionally, the software could also offer data on your hydration levels, heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels and more. Need to be reminded about popping those pills on time? Healthbook can help. Its inclusion is apparently proof for anyone who’s doubtful about the time being ripe for an iWatch launch.

We honestly don’t know what to believe. A smartwatch serving as a fitness band too is one thing. But the iWatch must pack in some really impressive features to be able to offer information on things like blood pressure, for starters. After all, even most digital blood pressure monitors can’t get it perfectly right…

You can count on a high price tag when Apple is involved. Would you trust an iWatch to accurately deliver important data on your well being so much so that you would be willing to shell out a hefty sum for it? If not, is there any point buying an expensive wearable?

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