Screenshots of Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system iOS 8, codenamed “Okemo” have appeared on Chinese micro blogging site Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. Furthermore, 9to5Mac, the usually accurate news site when it comes to leaks and rumours regarding Apple have picked up on these images and have had it confirmed from sources close to them that these screenshots are in fact legitimate.
What does it reveal?
New apps such as Healthbook, Preview and TextEdit appear on the above screenshot confirming rumors of Apple working on a fitness app. Healthbook would be more than just a fitness app, though, as it would not only help track one’s exercise regimen but it would also have the ability to turn any iOS device into a personal-health-management powerhouse allowing one to track health statistics such as blood pressure, blood glucose levels, heart and respiratory rates, and weight. Healthbook is rumored to be Apple’s answer to the recently released Samsung “S Health,” the rivaling health management app on Android. Mobile makers who seem to be running out of ideas to sell their already feature-rich smartphones are now increasingly turning their attention to health and fitness apps this year, and we are not surprised to see Apple follow suite. However, it is yet to be seen how many will actually use these apps and whether or not they will be labeled as gimmicks.
The screenshot also reveals the Preview and TextEdit apps that seem to be making the transition from the computer operating system, Mac OS X to iOS 8 as part of Apple’s expanding iCloud services. The Tips app comes across as some sort of a user guide, but as of now it is uncertain what exactly its functions would be.
When will iOS 8 be released?
Apple has a tradition of revealing new versions of iOS at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), which is held annually in June, and that trend is expected to continue with the announcement of iOS 8. However, it will not be until the next iPhone comes out that Apple’s next-generation operation system is made public, which is usually in September.
Meanwhile, if design is your thing, be sure to check out this beautiful mock up concept video of a very simplistic looking iOS 8 as imagined by designer Nico Achkasov:
Will you be using apps such as Healthbook or do you think they will pass by as gimmicks? Sound off your opinions about these new influx of fitness apps in the comments below!
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