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iOS 8 Beta Update Tracks Your Breathing

Apple is betting big on health tracking with a new iOS update.

Apple continues to beef up its iOS 8 beta, and the latest update is all about your health. Among other changes, the latest iteration of the iOS 8 beta allows the upcoming HealthKit app to measure the way you breathe.

Dubbed iOS 8 beta 5, the new update adds support for spirometry data, which measures lung quality by tracking how much air you inhale and exhale, as well as how quickly you do it. Obviously, your iPhone or iPad can't track your breathing on its own, but this update opens the door for doctors to use professional medical tools with iOS devices.

In other health-related updates, iOS 8 beta 5 adds a new Health panel in the Privacy menu, new icons for Body Data and Data Exporting, the ability to store workouts and an option to show your medical ID on your device's lockscreen. Based on various rumors, the upcoming iWatch will place a heavy emphasis on health and fitness and sync with iOS 8.

-- Michael Andronico, Laptop Mag

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