eXtensions - Wednesday 21 September 2016
Apple Updates and Health Data on iPhones: Withings Blood Pressure Monitoring Device (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
As well as iOS 10, there was the WatchOS 3 release and an update to tvOS as well. On the Mac, an update to iTunes was released which included several changes to playlists as well as new Radio Stations in Apple Music. macOS Sierra arrives this week.
I had been looking forward to the feature in iOS 10 that allows apps to take photographs in RAW (DNG) format. I use RAW on my DSLR cameras and this gives me much more flexibility than compressed formats like JPEG images. Out of the three apps I have that were updated, Manual and Obscura Camera allowed me to use this feature, while I could find no change with the third. The iPhone camera app does not have RAW capabilities although some hope it will come later. I am also looking forward to releases of other photography and editing apps that will use this.
Apple Watch App on iPhone - Watch, New Faces and Dock
Those screens are now accessed through the side button which had previously been used for VIPs and friends. Although I added a number of my contacts to this, I am not sure if I ever used it. Pressing the button brings up the apps. The order in which they are shown can be changed in the Watch app on the iPhone in "Dock".
An addition to Watch OS is the Breathe feature. I always sit for a minute before leaving my home: something I picked up when riding motorcycles. Occasionally, Breathe will appear and I will stop what I am doing. The display icon expands and contracts. When I am asked to breathe in, haptic feedback feels as if a purring cat were resting on my wrist.
He had mentioned some Withings products, such as scales: important for post-operative monitoring. These link to the iOS Health app and send data to a hospital so that the patient and healthcare professionals can monitor changes. Although such devices are thin on the ground here, I saw the Withings Scales (and other devices) last week in Siam Discovery Center, Floor 2; and in Central Pinklao.
Withings Scales in Siam Discovery (left) and Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
In use, starting the device, letting the iPhone and Withings app recognise it, display instructions then measure blood pressure worked fine. I could start the blood pressure monitor from the iPhone and, as it tightened on my arm, watch as diastolic and systolic pressures were checked. Data was recorded in the Withings app and, after a short delay, the Apple Health app too.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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