You can download the first apps using Apple’s CareKit now

apple carekit live loop you in event 01
Apple has officially released CareKit, its medical framework that will be the backdrop of all its health-related services. Along with the software, four new apps utilizing CareKit are now available on the App Store.

CareKit lets developers collect medical data to help people better understand and manage their health, but the software will also provide an easy way to share all this data with physicians and other caregivers to help with diagnosis and treatment. With more and more sensors on the Apple Watch and the iPhone being utilized to monitor our health, Apple hopes CareKit will be utilized to bridge the time between doctor visits.

“Rather than relying solely on doctor visits, you’ll be able to regularly track your symptoms and medications, and even share the information with your care team for a bigger — and better — picture of your health,” the company writes on its CareKit landing page.

The four CareKit apps available to download now are: Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start.

Start is a free app that lets you take a depression test, and afterwards, helps track the progress of those who are on a prescription to see if the medication they are taking is helpful. Users can set up pill reminders, and track symptoms and side effects.

One Drop is a one-stop app for tracking “what’s important in diabetes,” including glucose, food, medicine, and activity. This app is free, and you can also access all your related data through the Apple Watch.

Glow Nurture is for expecting mothers and offers a way to log in their progress, access to thousands of articles relating to pregnancy, alerts and insights on the logged data, and reminders of doctor appointments. The app is free, but there’s a monthly subscription fee of $8 for full access to all of its features.

Glow Baby, from the same company, is the app for after your baby is born. It lets you track your baby’s growth with a food, sleep, and diaper change log, provides a breastfeeding timer, and assists you in checking off a CDC-sanctioned list of milestones as your baby reaches them. Like Nurture, this app also is free, but requires a subscription to unlock its full potential.

Of course, all this data is secure, as all data on iPhones are encrypted. Apple also is putting your data in your hands, so “you choose which research studies you want to join, you control what information you provide to which apps, and you can always see the data you’re sharing.”

Fastcompany reports that unlike ResearchKit, CareKit isn’t held back by review board approvals, and this allows anyone to build an app to utilize health data easily. ResearchKit is a similar framework for medical researchers to gather data.

CareKit is now available on Github for developers.

Mobile

Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android

These days, most people tend to favor digital messages over phone calls. We have the best messaging apps that allow you to share photos and documents, send text messages, and more with end-to-end encryption.
Mobile

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.
Mobile

Turn to these apps to help you in your next hunt for a job

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience, but these days, a simple mobile app can help you to find and apply for jobs all over the country -- here are some of the best job search apps for iOS and Android.
Mobile

Unleash your inner artist with the best drawing apps for the iPad Pro

The best drawing apps for the iPad Pro turn Apple's robust tablet into a canvas worthy of a true artist. Here are 20 of our current favorites, whether you're looking to keep things simple or take your art to the next level.
Wearables

The best Apple Watch bands and straps to stylize your timepiece

If you have an Apple Watch, you know how easy it is to take off the strap it came with, so why not buy yourself another one? Here, we've gathered the best Apple Watch bands we've seen so far. There's something for everyone.
Mobile

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

Selecting an iPad from Apple's lineup can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our comprehensive guide should put the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. Find your ideal iPad with the help of our guide.
Mobile

The Cat S48c is the phone designed for construction workers (or the clumsy)

The Cat S48c is a rugged smartphone that's available from Sprint. It mixes midrange specs with a huge battery wrapped in an extremely tough and protective body. If you need a phone that can survive the construction site, then this is it.
Mobile

Apple resurrects the iPhone SE with brand-new units starting at $249

Apple quietly started selling the iPhone SE again, at even lower prices than when it was discontinued four months ago. Brand new units of the 32GB version are on sale for $249, while the 128GB version is going for $299.
Android

Popular Android navigation apps are just Google Maps with ads, researcher says

A malware researcher found that 19 free Android navigation apps on the Google Play Store were nothing more than Google Maps, but with ads. One of the apps asked for a payment to remove the ads, while some of them presented security risks.
Mobile

Google Maps will now help drivers stay within speed limits, avoid speed traps

Google Maps will now start showing speed limits and speed camera locations, so that drivers will not be flagged for speeding tickets. The new features arrive to the app years after they were introduced in Waze.
Mobile

If you want Samsung's advanced folding phone, be prepared to pay a lot for it

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy Fold, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Mobile

Do these case images confirm a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the S10 E?

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.
Mobile

T-Mobile 5G rollout: Here is everything you need to know

2019 will be a huge year for T-Mobile. Not only is a merger with Sprint likely, but T-Mobile is also in the midst of building out its next-generation mobile service. Here's everything you need to know about the T-Mobile 5G rollout.
Mobile

Verizon 5G rollout: Here is everything you need to know

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it will also begin deploying mobile 5G in the coming months. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network and when it will be in your town.