WWDC

By Jonah Comstock 12:14 pm July 2, 2020
When Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch announced at WWDC last week that Apple Watch would add an automatic handwashing-detection feature in its next update, many people naturally assumed the feature was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic – a public health emergency that has strongly underscored the importance of handwashing. Not so, Lynch told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. The...
By Jonah Comstock 03:47 pm June 22, 2020
At the opening keynote for WWDC2020, Apple’s virtual developer conference, the company announced a few additional health and fitness capabilities for the Apple Watch — though the event was relatively light on health content, especially compared to previous years. Sleep tracking arrives at last One such feature — sleep tracking — has been a notable omission for the wearable ever since it was first...

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the opening keynote address the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett 03:30 pm May 6, 2019
With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference less than month away, speculations about what will be unveiled are starting to emerge. Citing unnamed inside sources, Bloomberg has reported a list of features the company is planning to roll out, and health will continue to be a focal point.  Hearing accessibility and wellbeing appear to be at the center of these health-related rumors. The tech giant...
By Jonah Comstock 02:57 pm June 7, 2018
In addition to a Health Records API and various fitness updates to the Apple Watch, Apple made one more health announcement last week at WWDC: a slew of upgrades to ResearchKit including hearing, vision, and speech tests; an updated UI; and a new research API for monitoring Parkinson's tremors and dyskinesia. "One of the identifiable symptoms of Parkinson’s is a tremor and this API monitors for...
By Heather Mack 04:21 pm June 8, 2017
A little more than two years after the debut of ResearchKit, Apple has released a fresh iteration to drive the momentum and sophistication of app-based research projects. This comes on the heels of the company’s annual WWDC, during which Apple announced new health features to the Apple Watch. Along with audiovisual enhancements and improved user interface for both developers and study...
By Jonah Comstock 02:33 pm June 5, 2017
As is becoming the trend, the portion of Apple's WWDC conference dedicated to the Apple Watch featured a heavy focus on the watch's health and fitness features, which continue to be the wearable's hallmark feature set.  "Apple Watch is designed to help you live a healthier life," CEO Tim Cook said, "and people are absolutely loving the fitness capabilities, the health capabilities, the quick...
By Jonah Comstock 05:25 pm June 2, 2017
On Monday, June 5th Apple will present its worldwide developers' conference (WWDC), an annual event where the company announces new features and products it's launching in the near future. While the focus is usually on new iPhones, Macs, or iPads, it wouldn't be out of character for the company to announce news about its various healthcare ventures as well.  After all, it was at WWDC in 2014 that...
By Jonah Comstock 02:18 pm June 17, 2016
At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe. Breathe is an app that walks users through short deep-breathing exercises. Users can...
By Jonah Comstock 12:52 pm June 8, 2015
Compared to past World Wide Developer Conferences, Apple's latest presentation was light on health-related content. But buried in the talk about streaming music and HomeKit were some significant updates to both Apple Health and HealthKit as well as the fitness and health features of the Apple Watch. Early in the presentation, Craig Federighi, Apple's Senior VP of Software Development announced...
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 am 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...