May 20, 2015
The Apple Watch had its first software update this week, and it did include some minor updates to the health tracking features. In addition, reports have surfaced of additional health features Apple might be planning to add as the company's June 8th Worldwide Developer Conference approaches.
Although the exact details are elusive, yesterday's Apple Watch software update included changes to the...
April 30, 2015
Humana's Cue app.
A new lab at Humana is dedicated to making sure HumanaVitality and other apps from the insurance giant have the same nimble development protocols as apps developed at a small startup would. A Wall Street Journal report this week offered a peek at the work being done at the Digital Experience Center that Humana launched last fall.
The new space houses 11 full-time employees...
April 30, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch
President Barack Obama is not the only one who, at least for now, seems to prefer the Fitbit to the Apple Watch. An ON World survey of more than 1,000 consumers found that 48 percent of fitness tracker early adopters chose the Fitbit, while just 21 percent chose the Apple Watch.
“Most activity trackers are one third the price of the lowest priced Apple smartwatch making...
April 27, 2015
Mayo Clinic's Apple Watch app for doctors
As the Apple Watch begins to find its way into the hands of consumers, it's also becoming clearer that there's a lot of interest in the health features of the device. On April 24th, the day the Apple Watch began shipping, MobiHealthNews found 264 Apple Watch apps related to health or fitness in the Apple AppStore, including apps from Humana, Cerner,...
April 20, 2015
Just a few days before the first units start shipping, Apple has posted some support documents that pull back the curtain on some of the technical details of its heart rate monitor, and also give some insight into steps Apple has taken to head off potential skin irritation issues. Apple blog 9to5Mac first spotted the two new pages.
According to the new heart rate page, Apple Watch monitors the...
April 15, 2015
Just two days after Jawbone announced that it will finally ship its heart rate tracking wearable, UP3, even though the tracker will not be waterproof as initially advertised, an anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that American Express is working with Jawbone to add payment features to a future wearable.
According to the report, American Express cardholders who buy this future Jawbone...
April 14, 2015
WebMD's Apple Watch app
The Apple Watch is set to launch in just a few days. And in the past few weeks, a number of health and wellness-focused companies have announced their soon-to-launch Apple Watch apps.
At the end of March, MobiHealthNews counted at least 19 new health and fitness apps that were announced for the Apple Watch. Since then, there's been at least another 18.
Here are 18 more...
April 9, 2015
It's no surprise that 94 percent of consumers currently enrolled in wellness programs have heard of the Apple Watch, given how much buzz is surrounding the forthcoming wearable. Perhaps more surprising is that less than half are interested in buying one.
HealthMine surveyed 750 consumers enrolled in wellness programs and found that only 42 percent were willing to buy an Apple Watch. Six percent...
March 31, 2015
Apple's newest offering, the Apple Watch, is set to launch April 24th. When the watch launches in a few weeks, Apple will launch a new section in its app store specifically for Apple Watch apps.
The Apple Watch, which was announced September 2014, will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will extrapolate further data...
March 12, 2015
Apple has stopped selling a number of fitness tracking devices in its stores recently, including Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker, and, as Re/Code reported this morning, Jawbone Up24, Nike FuelBand SE, and Mio's wristworn heart rate tracker. Apple pulled the devices just about a month before it plans to launch its own activity tracker, the Apple Watch.
Apple also no longer carries Misfit's...