Best iOS 8 features (Health 001)

Friday, first HealthKit-enabled applications began appearing on the App Store following the iOS 8.0.2 release which, among other improvements, contains a fix for a bug which has prevented HealthKit apps from being approved in the first place.

As first spotted by 9to5Mac this morning, fitness and health related applications for the iPhone and iPad are now being approved with HealthKit compatibility following yesterday’s iOS 8.0.2 release.

One of the first apps to have received HealthKit support is Flask’s FitPort (pictured below), a $1.99 program that acts as a replacement for Apple’s stock Health app in iOS 8. It integrates with the stock Health app and provides a number of interesting dashboards to track your fitness and body stats in a simple and beautiful way.

FitPort 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

You can easily compare your daily/weekly stats to the previous day/week to see how active you are, set goals and monitor your progress, calculates steps and distance and more.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal, a free iPhone application and one of the most popular food tracking utilities on the App Store, should be updated for HealthKit later today, bringing its data to iOS 8’s Health app.

Once enabled in the Sharing settings, the software will be able to save calcium, carbohydrates, dietary calories, fiber and other data to the Health app, where it could be shared with other HealthKit-compatible apps and visualized using Health’s attractive dashboard.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal will be also permitted to read metrics from the Health app that it otherwise couldn’t track on its own, readings like blood pressure, glucose levels, cycling distance and more.

HealthKit, a new framework in iOS 8, allows third-party software to save and read data to and from iOS 8’s built-in Health database, so your data is no longer trapped in silos within apps.

To take advantage of HealthKit-powered apps, you will need to update your devices to the latest iOS 8.0.2 firmware. In addition to fixing cellular connection woes and Touch ID issues plaguing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices after the much-maligned iOS 8.0.1 update, iOS 8.0.2 also contains a bunch of fixes for other teething issues.

We will be providing a handy list of the updated HealthKit apps as they appear on the App Store in due time so stay tuned.

[9to5Mac]

  • John

    Hmm, this is quite exciting now, isn’t it!

    Finally we see iOS 8 in ALL its glory (a week late, but I rather it late and working then on time and broken)

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      There will be another update and another, soon it’ll be 8.1 then 8.1.1.. 8.1.2 until iOS 9

      • John

        Since Apple allowed for OTA updates, I’ve always said there is no reason why Apple couldn’t bring out updated every few weeks to quash bugs found in their software….

      • Matt Taylor

        Completely agree

      • John

        I think the only resistance would be from some people in niche areas like the jailbreak community who may have to jailbreak their device a few times a month but I’m sure Apple would rather have MORE people with bugfree devices then not.

      • I suppose since OTA updates are hardly as quick and painless as simple app updates, a lot of people would kick up a fuss, particularly those that aren’t so tech-focused: “urghh yet another update, now I have to connect to WiFi, plug my phone in, not be able to use it for the next 20-30 minutes. What a pain”. But I personally would like to see updates more often

      • No, the problem is most users will have to remove most of their pictures, videos, music and apps just to be able to download the update. The last update I had to clear space for 4,6 GB on a device that lets u control 8,7 GB .. 🙁

    • Tommy

      It was both “late and working” and “on time and broken” pal.

      • John

        Well then, we got the best of both worlds, didn’t we…pal?

      • Tommy

        Haha. Well said.

  • Rowan09

    I use myfitnesspal everyday so I can’t wait for the update.

    • John

      Fast forward a few days, are you happy with the MyFitnessPal update?

      • Rowan09

        Yes I am, it places everything including my steps in the health app.

  • Liberti

    what about battery in this version

    • John

      How can you ask about battery life when the update had only JUST been released?

  • Travis Shoemaker

    I downloaded. Already having to do a restore because my WiFi is spotty, and Health App is not working correctly. They are really failing hard…

  • Guest

    8.0.2 doesn’t fix third party keyboard bugs for me, specifically the switching back to default after unlock bug and not working on lock screen. I am a little worried that third party keyboards are not supposed to work on the lock screen quick reply, which I hope is not true, but I feel like this should be an easy fix if it were supposed to work. Opinions?

    • Rowan09

      Not sure, but maybe it’s a security feature since third party keyboards (at least some) may have access to your messages.

  • justme

    sometimes notifications did not dissapear on my iPh5 iOS 8.0.2

    anyone with this issue too?

    • I just saw a text I recieved ten minutes before I saw it, I could have sworn I didn’t hear an alert but figured I must have just missed it, so it’s quite possible that there’s a bug there

  • Fevostone

    Why didn’t Apple fix the wifi problems its running slow and drops.

  • Freddie Webster

    FITNESSPAL GOT UPDATED

  • Anupam Padmanabhan

    Runkeeper too

  • loreto

    ios 8 had lot of problems. bugsss and playing games it stop’s