iOS 16 may get trio of new health features including medicine reminders

The rumor: iOS 16 may get some nice upgrades in the Health app, according to Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • “An updated version of the Health app on the iPhone this year is expected to add expanded sleep tracking functionality, medicine management and new women’s health features. Apple has been working on a medicine management tool that will let users scan their pill bottles into the app. The software will monitor adherence and remind users to take their medication. But the initial version of the feature for this year is unlikely to include all of the planned functionality,” Gurman says
  • Apple is expected to debut iOS 16 at WWDC 2022 which kick off on June 6

Sam’s take: As someone who takes medicine daily, integration in the Health app would be so much more useful than the daily notification I set in the Reminders app. Plus, I could see it alongside all of my other health data. Gurman also references new women’s health features here, which is referring to a new body-temperature sensor on Apple Watch Series 8 that will help with fertility planning. While limited in scope, I do think this feature could be really impactful for those trying to conceive (or avoid it).