Apple’s iOS 8 Health app can track dozens of health stats through other apps and devices, providing a full picture of your well-being. Now, it can track two more things and one of them can be measured by the iPhone itself.
AppleInsider installed the latest beta version of iOS 8, which was made available on Monday, and found two new functions for Health. First is a step counter card that works directly with the M7 co-processor inside the iPhone 5s — and presumably the next iPhones as well. Second is a new caffeine intake card. Since the M7 chip can’t track that, you’ll likely have to manually enter your caffeine data or use a third-party app such as Jawbone’s UP Coffee.
I would not be at all surprised if the Health step counter app worked natively with Apple’s anticipated “iWatch” which I expect to be largely focused on health tracking. Since Health can work with other Bluetooth devices to capture data, it will likely work with other fitness bands as well. Thanks to the M7 chip inside the iPhone, however, if you only want to track steps, you won’t even need to buy a wearable device to count those lefts and rights all day long.