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This year, Apple Intends to Update the iPhone Health App with New Capabilities

It will incorporate medication tracking as well as a more comprehensive health tracking system.

Apple announced on Tuesday, April 12 that the iPhone health app will be expanded in 2022 to include new features such as sleep tracking and medication reminders.

According to Bloomberg, Apple will add body temperature sensing to the Apple Watch in 2022, and a blood pressure monitor is still in the works. Users would be able to scan pill bottles and log when they took the medication with the new medication tool. Some features will be introduced in the coming months, but not all will be available at launch.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning an update to the iPhone health app this year that will feature more sleep tracking and a mechanism to remind people to take their medications. This year, Apple may add body temperature sensing to the Apple Watch, and a blood pressure monitor is still in the works.

Users would be able to scan pill bottles and log when they took their medication with the new medication tool. At launch, not all of the anticipated features would be available.

The addition of a body temperature sensor to the Apple Watch could boost the device’s fertility tracking capabilities. The temperature of a woman’s body changes throughout her menstrual cycle, and this information can be used to predict when she will have her period or when she is most likely to become pregnant. The Oura smart ring features a temperature sensor that provides period information, and it’s FDA-approved for feeding data to the Natural Cycles digital birth control system.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has postponed plans to add a blood pressure monitor to the Apple Watch until 2024. Wearable businesses are focusing on blood pressure, which could make gadgets far more effective for monitoring cardiac health. However, the feature is notoriously difficult to use, and experts say it still requires more work before it can be used in the real world.

Currently, wristwatch technology can only check whether blood pressure is rising or declining, and would need to be calibrated against a standard cuff to provide a raw blood pressure reading. According to Bloomberg, Apple intends to use its function to alert wearers to elevated blood pressure, and is now conducting tests on staff.

The Apple Watch’s fertility tracking features could be enhanced with the addition of a body temperature sensor. The temperature of a woman’s body changes throughout her menstrual cycle, and the data can be used to predict when she will have her period or when she is most likely to become pregnant.

The Food and Drug Administration has certified the Oura smart ring to send data to the digital birth control. It features a temperature sensor that offers users information about their period.

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