Last week was an eventful one for iPhone users, in regards to the debacle that iOS 8 has turned into. Apple originally released iOS 8.0.1, which included minor bug fixes and tweaks, but turned out to cause more issues than it fixed. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ users were reporting that iOS 8.0.1 made turned their brand new, shiny devices, into nothing more than glorified iPod Touch’s. TouchID functionality was practically nonexistent, and users were also stating that the “minor” update essentially turned the radio within the iPhones, off. On Thursday, Apple released iOS 8.0.2, which was intended to fix all the bugs that iOS 8.0.1 was intended to do, as well as fix the issues that iOS 8.0.1 caused.
Surprisingly, after such a wide-spread issue with iOS 8.0.1, Apple opened HealthKit, and started allowing various Health applications to finally take advantage of the various API’s that were announced with iOS 8. With this, there have been a slew of new updates to come across the App Store, and on the Featured page of the App Store, there is a section where these new or updated applications are highlighted.
A few months back, after purchasing my Retina iPad Mini on swappa.com, I found a deal that I could not pass up, for a Jawbone UP24. I have been in the market for one of these fitness trackers, and had narrowed my options down between the UP24, and the Nike FuelBand. I decided to go with the UP24 after Nike announced that the FuelBand project had essentially been abandoned, and the reviews for the UP24 were just about as positive as one could want.
When Apple announced the HealthKit API within iOS 8, I was excited because I’ve been wanting to get back into shape, and I was interested to see what these types of apps could do with the API’s that Apple had opened in the latest iteration of iOS.
Apple’s iOS 8 HealthKit API has allowed for a slew of new applications to be released, and even more “old” applications have been updated to take advantage of HealthKit. You can find the list of featured applications that take advantage of HealthKit here:
With Apple’s release of the API’s for developers to finally take advantage of what iOS 8 has to offer, it’s really interesting to see what’s to come from Health and Fitness applications. A few of the applications that I’ve recently downloaded to test out what’s going on with the HealthKit integration include: UP by Jawbone, MotionX 24/7 Sleeptracker, and Human – Activity & Calorie Tracker. I’ll be reporting back in a week or so to let everyone know how HealthKit integrates with these applications.
What are you most excited about in regards to the HealthKit API within iOS 8? Have you downloaded and tried out any of these apps since iOS 8.0.2 was released? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.