iOS 8 beta 3, which came out yesterday, finally allows Apple's Health app to access the M7 motion processor seen on the latest iOS devices. Owing to this, the app will now have the ability to track the number of steps taken, apart from other forms of movement.
According to 9to5Mac, the Health app's Steps counter tab can now report steps without connecting to any third party applications or hardware devices thanks to the M7 motion processor, which is present along with Apple's A7 processing chip. Other products with the M7 motion processor include the iPad Air and the retina iPad Mini.
Users will find that the M7 is able to pre-populate the Health app with a full week of data. We've tested the steps counting after clearing the data to 0 steps and the tracking functionality appears to work well and accurately. The Health app allows users to sort data by Day, Week, Month, and Year, and users are able to remove individual sets of Steps tracking from the app. Sharing steps data with other apps from the App Store is also supported.
Apart from simply counting steps, Apple has also added a long list of nutritional categories that can be tracked by the Health app. Currently, there are numerous apps on the app store, like Up Coffee from Jawbone, which can track and analyse a user's caffeine intake.
Besides integrating iOS 8 with app store apps and third party hardware accessories, the Health app will also play an important role in Apple's upcoming iWatch, which is expected to track user's health and fitness.