While Apple did, indeed, announce a health tracking application and an API for partners to hook into, the interface did not match up with our screenshots from March. The reason, a source confirmed this week, is that Apple revamped the user-interface and dropped the “Healthbook” name late in development due to the leak. While the icon and interface is new, the entirety of the earlier reported functionality and in-app graphics are identical.
Here’s the Health app interface from beta 1 of iOS 8:
As you can see, the icons for each data point are identical in our March screenshots to the ones in the current iOS 8 build. The only change is the overall interface, and many Apple employees that I have spoken to agree that the original Healthbook UI is far superior in usability than the current look.
Here’s what the “Dashboard” graphs looked like in our March screenshots:
Here’s what it looks like in the newer Health app:
As you can see, the interface is nearly identical. Our original report on Apple’s health tracking application also detailed some features set to appear in a future Apple wearable device, like Maps integration, fitness tracking, and a sensor chipset, and we’re looking forward to seeing that functionality discussed at Apple’s October Special Event.
In addition to those reports today, developers have noticed that some Maps interface materials in WWDC developer sessions make reference to a new transit mode. You can see an image of the transit button on the iPad image above. Commenters on that original report have since noted that Apple removed that slide from the presentation.
Troughton-Smith explained to us that, based on that above code snippet, Springboard in iOS 8 has support for more than just two apps side-by-side. The interface in testing is dynamic so that one app could take up 3/4 of the screen and the other app 1/4.
Perhaps future larger iPad models will have the boosted split-screen capabilities and current iPad screen sizes will have the more basic functionality.
Some other odds and ends on iOS 8:
- The TextEdit and Preview apps we discussed were containers for viewing files stored in iCloud. These features were test apps for the announced iCloud Drive (and the new CloudKit feature we reported on at the same time).
- The standalone iTunes Radio app was always something we reported was under consideration, not confirmed for release. It is likely that Apple decided to retain iTunes Radio in the Music app upon the acquisition of Beats Music, which will close around the time that iOS 8 ships to the public in the fall.
iOS 8 is scheduled to ship this fall alongside OS X Yosemite. Apple often keeps a few surprises for the final, public release, so it’s possible some of the features not announced at WWDC will make in time for the next-gen iPhone and iPad events.