Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on new health and wellness features for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The tech company plans to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) powered health coaching service, an iPad version of the Health app, and a mood or emotions tracker.
The Cupertino tech giant already offers several health and fitness features mostly centered around iPhone and Apple Watch like the Health app, activity monitoring, Fall detection, ECG app, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and others.
In 2020, the company launched a paid home-based fitness service designed around Apple Watch called Fitness+ with an expanding library of up to 40 minutes workout sessions from a wide range of genres like HITT, Yoga, cycling, and others. In 2021, Fitness+ was expanded to iOS to make it available to a large pool of Apple users.
Now it appears that the tech giant is aiming for a deeper push into the health industry to boost the popularity of its devices.
Everything you need to know about Apple’s new health-related service and features
According to the report, the Cupertino tech giant is developing the following three new health and wellness-related features:
AI-powered health coaching service
Codenamed Quartz, the new coaching service will motivate users to exercise, and improve their eating habits and sleep. The service will have a standalone app and will use AI and data from users’ Apple Watch to offer personalized coaching programs and suggestions.
Apple already has experience in the tech. In 2020, the company launched the LumiHealth wellness and coaching service in partnership with the Singapore government which gave out cash rewards to users who stayed active or healthy.
People familiar with the project said that it is driven by the company’s health, Siri, and AI teams currently and is scheduled to launch in 2024. However, the service could be postponed or canceled.
Health app in iPadOS 17
The iPad version of the Health app is expected to launch this year in iOS 17. It will allow users to view their health records in large format. Apple hopes that the app might increase Health’s app popularity in Healthcare settings.
Mood tracking and vision management tools in the Health app on iOS 17
The tech giant has planned to upgrade the Health app in iOS 17 with new tools to manage mood or emotions tracking and vision.
- The emotion tracker will allow users to record their mood, answer questions about their day and compare results. In the future, Apple plans to introduce iOS algorithms to determine users’ mood through their speech and other data.
The updated Health app for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 might be unveiled at the WWDC 2023 and launched later this year.