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Apple Takes Aim At Users' Health And Homes
Apple has announced its plan to create new applications for iPhones and iPads that will help users keep tabs on their health and control devices in their homes.
The tech giant revealed the new mobile features at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.
Apple said it is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic and sportswear giant Nike to create "HealthKit", which can collect and analyse users' health data.
It follows Samsung's announcement last week of a mobile health-data store called SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions).
Apple executive Craig Federighi said there are currently difficulties in accessing data from fitness-related devices.
He said that will change with HealthKit in iOS 8.
"HomeKit", meanwhile, is a new technology that will allow users to control home devices, including garage doors, thermostats and other home systems.
Also on the horizon for Apple is a new Mac operating system, Yosemite, which the company says will make it easier for users to search and share content.
A new Mail Drop feature will make it easier to send large files, and Mac's Safari Web browser will have more privacy controls and ways to share links more easily.
The operating system - available later this year - will also come with a new internet storage application, and will allow users to pick up calls and see text messages relayed to iPhones.