Gurman: New health-tracking features coming with iOS 16 and watchOS 9

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What you need to know

  • Apple is set to introduce new health-tracking features at this year's WWDC.
  • The features will be available on both the iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • The report comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Apple has continuously been adding built-in health-tracking features with the iPhone and Apple Watch over the years. This year might be no exception.

In the latest "Power On" newsletter from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the reporter said that there are new health-tracking features coming with iOS 16 and watchOS 9 when the latest operating systems launch in the fall.

Gurman also said that Apple is looking to overhaul how notifications work on the iPhone once again (the company introduced an overhaul to notifications with iOS 14 a couple of years ago as well.

On the iOS side, I'm looking for some fairly significant enhancements across the board, including an update to notifications and new health-tracking features.I'm not expecting an end-to-end redesign of iOS's interface, even though it hasn't changed much since iOS 7 nearly a decade ago. But there might be a new iPadOS multitasking interface. The Apple Watch, meanwhile, may get major upgrades to activity and health tracking.

If Apple announces the new health-tracking features at WWDC rather than later this fall, there's a good chance those features will be available for a number of existing iPhone and Apple Watch models. This would be great news as they would not be reserved for the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, which the company is expected to announce later this year.

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Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.