Apple's picks for best new health apps of 2014

By Aditi Pai
03:45 am

A few weeks ago, MobiHealthNews published a slideshow of 27 mobile health tools for tracking food, a majority of which were apps. The slideshow included many new and old apps that aimed to keep users healthy with nutrition tracking. Now, the Apple App Store has released its own list of app that spans both health and fitness categories. The list looks specifically at the "best new apps" on the market.

Of course diet apps exist on the list, but so do fitness apps, emotional wellness apps and even one smoking app. Apple highlights some apps that have tried to put a new spin on health and fitness tracking by approaching the app a different way, for instance Carrot, a snarky app that will insult the user. More than one app is geared specifically towards women and a good portion of the apps take advantage of Apple's M7 motion coprocessor.

The list below includes all of the apps listed in Apple App Store's Best New Apps category.

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Carrot Fit - $1.99

Carrot Fit

Carrot Fit uses a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who will cheer the user on when he or she loses weight, but berate him or her for weight gains. Users enter their weight manually and the app tracks it on a graph, and also calculates the user’s BMI and allows the user to enter weight loss goals. Carrot will remind users to enter their weight, and will “pass judgment” once they do.

The creator -- a one-man team who is behind this app and two others -- Brian Mueller, chose to make his character snarky after looking at other behavior change apps already on the market. He added that people really responded to the negative remarks that Carrot provides.

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