Apple is reportedly developing an AI-powered health coaching service codenamed “Quartz,” as per a new report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. This service is designed to assist users in staying motivated to exercise, improving their eating habits, and sleeping better by developing coaching programs tailored to the individual’s needs. The health coaching service will utilize AI and data from a user’s Apple Watch to develop these programs.
Several teams at Apple, including the company’s health, Siri, and AI teams, are reportedly working on the Quartz project. Gurman writes that the service is slated to be launched next year, with a monthly fee similar to Apple’s other services. However, the report also notes that the project could be postponed or even shelved altogether.
Apple’s Health app is also set to receive new features, including tools for tracking emotions and managing vision conditions. The emotion tracker will allow users to log their mood and answer questions about their day while comparing the results over time. In the future, Apple hopes that the mood tracker will be able to understand a user’s mood based on their speech, text, and other data using algorithms.
Apple is also planning to launch an iPad version of the Health app at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The new app will enable users to view their health data, including electrocardiogram results, on a larger screen. It is expected to be included in iPadOS 17, which is scheduled to launch later this year.
Apple began its health efforts in 2014 when it launched the dedicated Health app and the Apple Watch a year later. Since then, the company has added several health features to its smartwatch, such as fall detection and sleep tracking. The upcoming mixed-reality headset is also said to expand on Apple’s current health efforts by including a feature that will enable users to meditate while wearing the device.
Apple is further planning to expand its health features by introducing a basic form of blood-pressure monitoring to the Apple Watch in the next few years. Although the feature isn’t expected to display exact diastolic and systolic numbers, it will alert users if it senses they might have hypertension. The company is also working on non-invasive glucose monitoring technology that would rely on sensors instead of finger pricks for taking a blood sugar reading.