The ultimate cure for the seasonal slump? A health-themed alarm clock app for iPhone users. And Apple is sure to be pleased with the progress.
iOS 15 is the next version of Apple’s software for iPhones and iPads. It will include the oft-rumored Health app, which will show users the health conditions of their loved ones and perhaps one day predict future health problems.
It’s only fitting that health appears to be the anchor of this next iOS release, since its release was long promised but recent rumors suggest it won’t land until 2019. Apple, though, will be happy to publish it well ahead of that time.
More recently, one report emerged saying the early 2019 release was scheduled for the summer, but Apple was unhappy with the response to some of the work Apple had done to get the app ready, and other rumors cited September 2019 for a release. This latest report, however, says it will be released alongside iOS 15 on Dec. 20.
The year since Apple released its Health app has seen a lot of people jump on the bandwagon, and with its new Health app, Apple plans to continue its consistent trend of introducing a health-related iOS feature. So far, Apple has released some pretty cool health features for the iPhone, with some not being connected to apps at all but rather directly connecting to Apple’s Health app.
One notable update for the Health app in 2018 was the addition of a new rate monitor tool that allows people to accurately check how their heart is functioning and with the location-based Heart Rate monitor tool, people can actually sit in their bedrooms and check their heart rate.
Both these improvements give users an increased sense of power and control over their health, and could well be the reason more people are trying to keep their heart rate up on their nightly iPhone alarm.
But even now, the app still has a lot of room for improvement. Many people complained about its battery issues in 2018, which also recently became one of the biggest complaints with the new Apple Watch Series 4.
Additionally, the app could do more to warn people when something has gone wrong with their health, since the app won’t allow users to record themselves counting steps as a check on their overall fitness level. But with the app, which has been downloaded more than 85 million times, it’s entirely possible that Apple may leave more doors open to the device.