Bug in Apple HealthKit delays launch of some apps

Ellen Wu
18 September, 2014
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iOS-8-Apple HealthKit-macworld-australiaA bug delayed the highly anticipated launch of Apple’s new HealthKit software and several health and fitness applications on Wednesday’s launch of the iOS 8 mobile operating system.

“We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Re/code. “We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.

Apple has pulled HealthKit apps which enabled day-one HealthKit support from the Apple store while they fix the issue.

Several companies like MyFitnessPal, Weight Watches and Under Armour had planned to introduce HealthKit compatible applications.

The HealthKit operating system provides a central repository for information about the user’s heart rate, calories burned, diet, sleep patterns and other fitness-related metrics.

Apple has called it the “beginning of a health revolution”.

US health-care providers including Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic are exploring ways to use this data to treat patients with chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook hoped the health and fitness capabilities of the new iPhone 6 would help people become healthier and more active.

“This is a very important area for me and a very important area for Apple,” Cook said during the presentation.

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