New reports bring focus to Apple’s iWatch: Solar charging and an emphasis on health


Apple’s(s aapl) iWatch is still a mystery, but two new reports might shed some light on the long-rumored wearable. 9to5Mac claims the watch will pair with a new “Healthbook” app coming in iOS 8 to function as an advanced activity tracker. And the New York Times (s NYT) reports that Apple has been exploring solar power and wireless charging for both the iWatch and other devices.

Let’s start with the digital health element, since I think that’s the more likely feature to make its way into the first generation of a potential smartwatch. According to 9to5Mac’s report, Apple plans to introduce an app called Healthbook in the next version of iOS. This app will reportedly be able to cover all of the activity tracking basics — like calories burned, miles walked and steps taken — and will help users manage weight loss. More interesting, though, is that the app is…

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