Following the release of iOS 8.0.2, Apple has introduced a new featured section on the App Store that highlights a number of apps integrated with its HealthKit platform and Health app.
As noted by iDownloadBlog, the new section is accessible from the Featured tab in the App Store, particularly on iPhone and iPod touch. It’s also included in the home page for iPhone apps in the App Store on desktop.
Titled “Apps for Health,” the new section is promoted by Apple thus:
Experience an entirely new approach to wellness where your fitness app can talk to your calorie tracker, your doctor can be automatically notified of updates to your health data, and great apps work together for a healthier you. This handpicked collection highlights the best fitness, nutrition, and medical apps customized for iOS 8.
This new section was presumably set to be introduced as part of the launch of iOS 8 on Sept. 17. But a bug in the initial release of the latest major iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system led to the temporary removal of HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store.
That bug was supposed to be fixed with the release of iOS 8.0.1 last Wednesday, but that software update itself introduced a new bug that resulted in loss of cellular network connectivity and Touch ID functionality on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A follow-up update released on Thursday, iOS 8.0.2, finally set things right for both cases and a few other issues.
Aside from “Apps for Health,” Apple also features the following sections on the App Store in promotion of apps optimized for iOS 8: “Photo Apps for iOS 8: Tools for Better Pictures,” “Gorgeous Games for iOS 8: Enhanced by Metal,” “Extend Your Apps: Keyboards, Photo Filters & More,” and “Touch ID: Unlock Apps with Your Fingerprint.”