During this year’s WWDC, Apple announced a new Health application and HealthKit platform. Said platform will be used to aggregate and process different kind of data points about one’s well-being, most notably fitness information likes steps, distance, calories, sleep patterns and more.
All that extra information will require additional horse power, and Apple wants to make sure the next iPhone will be able to cope with the task. So, the M7 motion co-processor that helps fitness tracking algorithms in the iPhone 5S will be superseded by something more powerful. Although we don’t have all the details about the next M7 chip codenamed “Phosphorus,” we would think that it will play an important role in Apple’s healthcare push.
According to the G4Games report, just like the current M7, the “Phosphorus” will also tune into the iPhone’s built-in sensors such as accelerometer, compass and gyroscope to do its magic, all while making it easier for app makers to access the fitness tracking information. Moreover, since the Health and HealthKit can also “handle” additional data, we would assume that the chip will also add those to the mix, as well; these include heart rate, amount of calories burned, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
The “Phosphorus” may end-up being known as the M8 motion co-processor; this is still in the “rumors phase” and we’ll have to wait for another month or so to get all the missing pieces of the puzzle. Stay tuned in the meantime.