Apple’s 8.2 Version of iOS may be launching as soon as this Monday with some new health features. This also corresponds with Apple’s Spring Forward event that is expected to unveil more details on the Apple Watch.
According to a report by BGR, Apple wanted to release this version to the public sooner, but instead decided to push out to one final build to employees and testers. The changes are to include enhancements in the health department as well fixing bugs.
The Apple Watch is going to have an increasingly competitive market, so to entice a range of buyers Apple has made the smartwatch a health and fitness monitor. So the health features of the updated iOS 8 need to be solid if Apple hopes to win over the fitness crowd. According to the change log, the new health features for iOS 8.2 will be:
• The ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance and blood glucose
• Improve stability when dealing with large amounts of data
• Include the ability to add and visualize workout sessions from third-party apps
• Address an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
• Fix units for vitamins and minerals
• Fix an issue where health data wouldn’t refresh after changes in data source order
• Fix an issue where some graphics showed no data values
• Privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance and flights climbed
When the new iOS 8 came out in September, it came with a few bugs that were supposed to be corrected in the iOS 8.0.1. However, this addition came with even more bugs which pushed Apple to quickly launch 8.0.2. The many releases and bugs account for why the adoption of iOS 8 is only on 75% of all devices that visited the App Store.
The update is also supposed to have greater stability for Music, Mail, VoiceOver reliability, and some Calendar issues.