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iOS 8.2 Release Date Next Week With Improved Health App Features

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The latest iOS 8.2 update could launch as early as Monday. What new features will it bring? (Image courtesy of Apple)

Apple?s lips are still tightly sealed when it comes to the release of the iOS 8.2 update. But a new report surfaced online hinting at an imminent announcement on Monday during the company?s ?Spring Forward? event.

iOS 8.2 Golden Master build

BGR.com claims that the Cupertino-based tech giant will unveil their latest mobile OS next week as it seeded the last beta version to employees and partner carriers for testing. This so-called golden master (GM) build carries the build number 12D508.

The same site also reported earlier that iOS 8.2 will arrive this week. While that is incorrect, this new time frame is more feasible since Apple?s Spring Forward media event is widely believed to be the same venue where the Apple Watch will be launched.

iOS 8.2 will reportedly feature tons of improvements to the native Health app, as well as handful of bug fixes and a solution for the recently discovered FREAK security flaw that affects iOS and Mac devices.

Updates to iOS? Health app

As mentioned, the release notes for iOS 8.1 lists a number of upgrades to the stock Health application. That?s a good move in the company?s part since the Apple Watch is said to be offered as both a smartwatch and a health & fitness tracker. Here?s the full list of improvements to Apple?s Health app provided by BGR.

  • Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose
  • Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
  • Includes the ability to add and visualise workout sessions from 3rd-party apps
  • Addresses an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
  • Fixes units for vitamins and minerals
  • Fixes an issue where Health data wouldn?t refresh after changes data source order
  • Fixes an issue where some graphics showed no data values
  • Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance, and flights climbed

Other important updates

iOS 8.2 is also expected to pack improved stability of several built-in apps such as?Music, Mail, Maps Flyover, VoiceOver, along with support for ?Made for iPhone Hearing Aids. Bug fixes mentioned in the changelog includes fixes for a problem with autocorrect, an issue with navigating favorites places in Maps, and a bug that involves duplicates iTunes content that inhibits iCloud restores.


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