Wellness has been a major focus for Apple in recent years, with CEO Tim Cook telling CNBC in January that the company’s “greatest contribution to mankind” will be about health.
Apple is taking this notion a step further in iOS 13 with an array of new features coming to the iPhone’s Health app, including a closer look at activity trends, a new metric for measuring auditory health, and other changes.
Here’s a look at what you can expect to see from the new Health app when iOS 13 launches for your iPhone this fall.
The revamped Health app will have a much different look than the current version, with a home screen that provides a snapshot of your favorite metrics and general highlights. This is called the Summary view, and from here you’ll be able to tap into individual statistics to see more information or view all of your health data and highlights.
It’s a stark difference from the Health app in iOS 12, which displays your activity from the current day by default and has a separate tab that organizes each type of health metric by category.
The new home screen provides more information at a glance, including highlights that show how specific metrics like sleep compare to the week prior.
Instead of having to tap each category to see information about metrics like activity and your heart, the new Health Data section serves up a wealth of data right away. When tapping the “Show All Health Data” button from the Summary, you’ll be brought to a page that lists recent readings for all of your relevant metrics for the current day.
It shows progress made toward your stand rings, your resting heart rate and general heart rate, the distance you’ve walked and run so far, the number of steps you’ve taken, and many more statistics. You can also tap any of these statistics to get more information, such as how that metric compared to the week before.
As is the case with the Summary page, the biggest benefit of this new interface is the ability to view more data more quickly — with fewer taps. All of these statistics are just one tap away from the Health app’s home screen, for example, whereas in the current app you have to navigate to the Health Data tab and choose a data category (activity, heart, sleep) to access metrics that aren’t shown in the Today view.