apple health app

Apple announced it’s two new iPhones and its first smartwatch, devices that will be closely connected to offer users fast access to notifications, fitness stats and health info. The two phones are called the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays (larger than the current four-inch iPhone screen).The iPhone 6’s new operating system, iOS 8, will give you predictive typing, ability to pay without pulling out your wallet, add voice into text messages, sharing of iTunes purchases (legally!), among many other features – including a new Health app, which Apple developed along with the Mayo Clinic.

Apple Health

The new Health app is a hub to gather and collect your personal info and data on fitness, diet, sleep, medication and more. While the Health app itself isn’t going to actually collect data—you can authorize third-party health and fitness apps to feed their data into Apple’s Health app. The purpose is to provide a single app that collates all the data in an easy-to-read dashboard. You’ll also be able to connect it to wearable technology like Nike+ or Fitbit — or Apple’s new smart watch of its own, Apple Watch.

Apple WatchApple Watch will be available early next year, and begin at $349

The Apple Watch will monitor health and fitness, tracking the wear’s movement, heart rate and activity (including elevation, such as tracking flights of stairs, using an inbuilt barometer) with numerous built-in sensors. The information is then fed into Apple’s Health app for the iPhone and iPad, allowing review and analysis of the data (as well as the ability to share with others – you can send your cholesterol levels to your doctor or you can share your heart rate to a loved one, awwww!).

Apple WatchApple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Cupertino, California. The long-awaited smartwatch, which comes in two sizes and requires an iPhone. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images