Apple unwraps 'Healthkit' alongside Mac, iPhone features

Mon Jun 2, 2014 10:29pm EDT
 
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By Christina Farr and Edwin Chan

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday took the wraps off mobile applications that pool and analyze health and home data, kicking off an annual developers' conference lacking in big surprises, despite hopes the iPhone maker would offer a glimpse into its secretive pipeline of products.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and software-engineering boss Craig Federighi told several thousand developers about new features that come with the latest "Yosemite" Mac platform and iOS8, the software that powers the iPhone and iPad.

Apple shares slid 0.7 percent to close at $628.65.

Investors are waiting for Cook to keep a promise to create new product categories. Last week, Internet services chief Eddy Cue said the pipeline was the best he had seen in more than two decades.

"The Healthkit has the most potential for the future," said Nils Kassube, a director of development at Newscope, a Germany-based consulting firm. "Those of us that are interested in health need a platform for sharing information."

On Monday, executives talked about "Healthkit," which will pull together data such as blood pressure and weight now collected by a growing number of healthcare apps on the iPhone or iPad. The company also announced an app, dubbed "Health" that will be an integral part of iOS 8.

The company will work in tandem with Nike Inc, a major player in fitness tracking, and the Mayo Clinic on the new feature, which will be included in the latest mobile software.

"That information lives in silos," said Federighi. "You can't get a single comprehensive picture."   Continued...

 
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers his keynote address at the World Wide developers conference in San Francisco, California June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith