Next iOS to Get Your Fat Ass Off the Couch

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If you’re like me (and I know I am), you only run for your life. Apple, however, figures the Next Big Thing will be health and fitness tracking, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple currently plans to release a new version of the iPhone operating system this year with health and fitness tracking integration as its headline feature, according to sources briefed on the plans. Apple’s work on such an operating system likely indicates that Apple is nearing the introduction of its long-awaited, sensor-laden “iWatch,” which sources say is well into development…

The new M7 chip installed in the current generation of iPhones doesn’t go far enough, however. While it does track movement, it doesn’t sport the ability to diagnose your blood-oxygen level or your heart rate. It’s one of the reasons the rumour mill is convinced an iWatch is on the way. That and the fact the latest beta of the iOS 8 operating system includes an app called “Healthbook.”

The application will be able to track a person’s blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and potentially several other blood-related data points, such as glucose levels, according to our sources.

The software is also programmed to allow users to enter details about their medications so that they could be reminded to take pills at scheduled times. This will likely integrate with iOS’s existing Reminders application.

Get your nerd on, you fitness nut, at 9to5mac.com.

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