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Apple pulls HealthKit from iOS 8 over bug

Apple executive Craig Federighi speaks during the Apple

Apple executive Craig Federighi speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, in San Francisco. Behind him is a version of the HealthKit app logo. Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Apple Inc. said it’s delaying the release of new health-tracking software that it has trumpeted as one of the main features of its new operating system for the iPhone and iPad.

HealthKit, the health- and fitness-monitoring system, was pulled from inclusion in Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile-software release that went out to customers Wednesday,  Apple said in a statement. The tools will be available later this month, Apple said.

“We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said Wednesday. “We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.”

The flaw in the software is a hiccup in what has been a highly choreographed new-product blitz by Apple before the start of holiday shopping. Following the iOS 8 release, the company has bigger-screen iPhones going on sale Friday, and it will be introducing new iPads next month, a person familiar with the plans said Wednesday.

HealthKit is software that synchronizes data from various health and fitness apps, and works as a central dashboard where iPhone users can check their health data. The software will be a major feature of the Apple Watch when it goes on sale sometime next year.

The next generation of iPad tablets will be introduced around mid-October, the person said. Chief executive Tim Cook is working to shake up the iPad line as sales of the tablets, Apple’s second-biggest product by revenue, have declined for two straight quarters. The company, based in Cupertino, California, hasn’t introduced a new iPad since last October.

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