by Brent Dirks
August 5, 2014
With iOS 8 on track to be launched sometime this fall, Apple has recently filed for a HealthKit trademark in both the United States and Europe. The applications were first discovered by 9to5Mac. The U.S. trademark application only covers “computer software used in developing other software applications.” More interestingly in Europe, the filing mentions categories like health, fitness, exercise, wellness sensors, and even watches. This lends credence to previous reports that the long rumored “iWatch” will heavily depend on HealthKit in iOS 8. Originally announced back at WWDC in June, the HealthKit framework is anchored by the new Health app in iOS 8. It can track a number of health-related vitals like weight, heart rate, sleep, blood pressure, blood sugar, and much more. With iOS 8 beta 5, which arrived yesterday, the app can even monitor spirometry data – the amount and speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. Data from the app can now also be exported to other sources. For other news today, see: Apple: July was a record month for App Store revenue, A new report says the next-generation iPhone will be announced by Apple on Sept. 9, and Steve Jobs wanted to give everyone access to free Wi-Fi.