Bug infects Apple's iOS 8 HealthKit, delaying app launches

18. September 2014
A bug in Apple's HealthKit -- a back-end feature in iOS 8 -- is delaying the launch of outside developers' fitness and health apps, the company said Wednesday.

HealthKit is a new tool for developers in iOS 8 designed to let their apps talk to AppleApple's native health apps. HealthKit is meant to pull in information from other apps and devices, like calories burned or heart rate, and make it more useful. For instance, it could allow a nutrition app, with the user's permission, to tell other fitness apps how many calories the person consumes in a day, Apple says. Alles zu Apple auf CIO.de

It can also let data like blood pressure be shared automatically with a doctor.

"It just might be the beginning of a health revolution," as Apple calls it.

The revolution, apparently, can wait. In a statement, Apple said it had discovered a bug in the system, preventing the release of compatible apps as scheduled for Wednesday alongside the launch of iOS 8.

"We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month," a spokeswoman said via email.

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