New iPhone iOS 8 to monitor your heart rate, sleep, activity and breathing

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jun 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-02 10:01:54-04

NEW YORK – Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday to announce the latest features for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

WWDC is set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET.

Apple is widely expected to unveil iOS 8, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads. The changes are likely to be far more subtle than in years past. After last year’s complete makeover, iOS 8 will probably include oft-requested fixes, such as an improved Maps app with transit directions, simplified notifications and a separate iTunes Radio app.

The biggest addition to iOS 8 could be a new Healthbook application. The app will likely monitor users’ heart rates, sleep, activity and breathing among other health-related information.

Other expected announcements include a new platform that would enable people to control all the items in their homes with the iPad or iPhone. Apple also may unveil OS X 10.10, which could get a big design update, making the interface for Macs look much more iPhone- and iPad-like.

Apple could also release new iMacs and update the MacBook Air, which does not yet support Apple’s ultra-sharp Retina Display. Apple is not expected to unveil its newest iPhone, however. That is more likely to take place in August.