If you’ve downloaded iOS 8 for your iPhone in the last 24 hours, you’ll have probably noticed that awkward-looking new heart icon on the homescreen.
The Health app has been touted as a major part of the new operating system, but as of right now its functionality is extremely limited.
An apparent serious flaw discovered within the HealthKit platform has forced Apple to pull all third-party applications from its App Store that had planned to offer day-one support for the health and fitness platform.
According to Carrot Fit’s developer Brian Mueller, HealthKit is “broken and isn’t ready to launch with “no ETA for when a bug fix will go live.”
The retraction has left apps like Carrot Fit and MyFitnessPal floundering to create a HealthKit-free version of their apps that can be re-submitted to the App Store while Apple resolves the problem
“We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month,” an Apple spokesperson said.
The idea behind HealthKit is to collect data from all of the third-party fitness applications and store them, securely, in one central repository. The platform will eventually allow users to store their heart rate data via the sensors within the Apple Watch.