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Yet another major bug has been discovered in Apple's ill-starred Health software

Yet another major bug has been discovered in Apple's ill-starred Health software

October 16, 2014

Apple has to deal with yet another major bug affecting its health-focused software in iOS 8.

As reported by CNET, the company is temporarily disabling the blood glucose level-tracking feature of its Health app, which has been discovered to be incompatible with standard measurement units in at least the U.K. and Australia.

Apple’s HealthKit platform and third-party apps integrated with it support both mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) and mmol/L (millimoles per liter) as units of blood glucose level measurement. But the Health app itself has been found to support only the former unit, which is used in a number of countries including the U.S.

Having been made aware of the issue, Apple has released an official statement through a new support page on its website.

“To prevent confusion in countries where mmol/L is commonly used, we’ll soon release a software update that will temporarily remove the ability to manually enter and view blood glucose values in the Health app while we work on an update to support both units of measurement,” Apple says.

“If you have previously entered values manually in the Health app, you’ll no longer see this data in the Health app after the update,” the company adds. “However, your data won’t be deleted, and other apps with permission to read health data will still have access to blood glucose values that you previously entered.”

The update is likely to come with iOS 8.1, which is expected to be released in the coming days.

Apple previously had to address a bug that held back the release of HealthKit-integrated apps on the App Store shortly after the launch of iOS 8 last month. The bug was supposed to be squashed by iOS 8.0.1. But that update led to more issues, prompting Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 with proper fixes.

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