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Apple gets Women Have Health Tracking Needs in iOS 9

7:38 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 9 HealthKit adds reproductive health tracking

When Apple ships iOS 9 this fall, HealthKit is finally going to address a glaring omission that's been there since the feature was introduced in iOS 8: menstruation. HealthKit currently tracks your daily step count, weight, sleep patterns, and more, but didn't address what Apple described as reproductive health during Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation—until now.

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Apple essentially left women out in the cold last year with its limited health and fitness tracking support. It would've been great to see menstruation tracking supported last year with iOS 8, but it's still good to see it showing up this year in iOS 9.

Apple’s Swift Goes Open Source

4:11 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple giving Swift to the open source community

Swift is Apple's own software development platform for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch designed to make coding apps easier. The Swift platform was introduced a year ago, and now Apple is making it open source, which means developers will be able to get under the hood, so to speak, and may make it more enticing to people who were afraid to work in a proprietary system.

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Making Swift open source means Apple wants the platform available to as many developers as possible. There could be an ulterior motive, or it could simply be Apple wanting to give coders better tools.

Apple Watch gets Native Apps with watchOS 2

3:06 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

watchOS 2 for Apple Watch adds new complications, more

Apple isn't sitting still with Apple Watch and is already showing off watchOS 2 even though its smartwatch was released less than two months ago. The next version of watchOS will include support for third-party watch face complications, improved Siri support, better Maps support, and more.

iOS 9 Brings Multitasking to iPad

2:39 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

iOS 9 brings multitasking to iPad

The iPad is going to get more useful when iOS 9 ships this fall because it introduces multitasking, or the ability to work with two apps at the same time. Apple also redesigned the on-screen keyboard to make it easier to t

Apple’s iOS 9 gets Improved Siri, New Apps

2:12 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

iOS 9 has big improvements for Siri, power management, more

Apple's Craig Federighi showed off iOS 9 during Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference, and it looks like the company wants to make our iPhones an even bigger part of our daily lives. It also includes changes like renaming Passbook to Wallet, and introducing the News app.

Apple Ready to Double Down on Diversity

11:20 AM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook commits to improving diversity in the tech market

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the lack of diversity in the tech market is everyone's fault, and he's working to change that. Mr. Cook hinted that we'll see some of his efforts during this morning's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation will include more women.

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Tim Cook clearly sees Apple as a leader, and he's using that position to openly promote environmental responsibility, diversity in the workplace, and tolerance for people who may be different from us. I'm liking Tim Cook's Apple.