Friday Morning News

apple-carekitApple’s first CareKit apps were revealed yesterday. The four apps contain post-care modules designed to monitor the progress of someone who has recently undergone medical treatment, with other modules recording health and activity data, analysing that information, and sharing the results with medical professionals. The four apps include one for diabetes management, one for depression medication management, as well as two apps for reproductive and maternal health. And since CareKit is open source, all the apps and their templates are available on Apple’s GitHub.

Gruber writes that Apple’s financial results from later quarter were concerning, but shouldn’t have been surprising and certainly shouldn’t have caused alarm. Someone tell investor Carl Icahn, who sold all of his Apple stock over concerns about Apple’s performance in China.

In a statement released to the LA Times, Apple has said they’re “heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker”, following the discovery of a dead body in one of their conference rooms. A preliminary investigation reveals that there was no foul play and it appears that no other individuals were involved.

IOS 9.3 brought along with it an Apple Music API, and Apple has now promoted the API via Apple’s Affiliate Program newsletter. The Apple Music API gives developers the ability to integrate Apple Music into their own apps, giving visibility of whether a user is currently a member of Apple Music, the ability to queue up a song for playback, and create new Apple Music playlists.

A new patent from Apple may end up telling your contacts when autocorrect was messing with your message. AppleInsider points out it will put an end to any instances of ducking that sneak their way into your messages, which kinda takes all the fun out of things. Maybe you’ll be able to turn it off, like iMessages read receipts.

A significant update to the Philips Hue app adds a splash of colour to the lightbulb-controlling app. Macworld gives us a run-down of the new features.

Six Colors takes a look at handwriting recognition on the iPad, which currently seems like the holy grail of iPad interaction. An app called MyScript Stylus seems to do a pretty good job of recognising handwriting, but the app itself could do with a bit more work.

Meanwhile, Katie Floyd has used an iPad since day one. Which is why it’s interesting that she returned her 12.9-inch iPad Pro, despite being excited to use an iPad with the largest display — as it turns out, the largest iPad turned out to be much to cumbersome for its advantages.

Touch Arcade review something a little different in the form of an iOS game modelled upon those “choose-your-own-adventure” books you might have read as a kid. Turns out the entire gamebook genre is a thing I had no idea existed, but am glad I stumbled upon now.

Last but not least this morning, a minor preview of what you’ll be seeing tomorrow as part of Good Reads: iMore’s roundtable review of the Apple Watch, one year on. Check back here tomorrow morning for the whole thing!

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  1. tcn33 says:

    Does that mean he’ll shut up about stock buybacks now?

  2. That’s great and all but when are we going to get a desktop (or even web) app that syncs and saves all your health data without having to rely on the magic of a local encrypted iTunes backup to recover all your stuff??
    …especially when we live in a world where one of the first “Genius” suggestions to fix pesky iOS problems is usually to not restore from a backup and to start fresh.

    As a halfway step would it be too hard to add an “advanced” option to the restore from backup that allowed you to selectively pull things into a fresh iOS install rather than the all or nothing approach we have now.

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