Apple just announced the latest version of iOS – iOS 16. Among other improvements, it brings new features to its Fitness and Health apps to make it even easier for you to track your health and general wellness. So let’s go over them!
New Features in the Fitness App
iOS 16 makes the Fitness app available to all iPhone users; even those who have none Apple Watch can use the app. Using your iPhone’s motion sensors, the application tracks your steps, distance, stairs climbed, and workouts from third-party apps to show you how close you are to achieving your Move goal. You can also share your Move ring with friends “for extra motivation”.
New features in the Health app
With iOS 16, the Health app gets a new feature called Medicines. It allows you to track your medications, vitamins, or supplements right from your iPhone. The addition to the Health app allows you to create lists of your pills and manage them. Plus, you can create schedules for when to take your prescriptions and reminders not to forget them. If you live in the United States, you can even use your iPhone’s camera to add a drug by pointing to the label. If there is a critical drug interaction, US users will also receive a warning when they add it to their list.
For the new Health app feature, Apple has partnered with Elsevier, a leading medical publisher, and if you live in the US, you’ll receive “clinically accurate and evidence-based information” about your medications in addition to the warning. As Cupertino showed, US users will be able to rate critical, serious and moderate drug interactions, as well as interaction factors such as alcohol.
The new Medications feature is also supported by the Health Sharing option, which means you can share your medication information with your loved ones as well. As Tim Cook said at the end of the WWDC livestream, we can expect iOS 16 and all the cool features that come with it to be released to Apple users this fall.