Apple unwraps 'Healthkit' alongside Mac, iPhone features

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Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook is seen on the company's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC2014) in San Francisco, the United States, June 2, 2014. Apple kicked off its developers conference on Monday. [Xinhua]

Apple's Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on users' health.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and software-engineering boss Craig Federighi have unveiled new features that come with the latest "Yosemite" Mac platform and iOS8 for iPhone and iPad at the company's 25th annual conference for software developers in San Francisco.

The "Healthkit" will pull together data such as blood pressure and weight now collected by a growing number of healthcare apps on the iPhone or iPad. Apple announced an app, dubbed "Health" that will be an integral part of iOS 8.

The company will work in tandem with Nike Inc and the Mayo Clinic on the new feature.

The news follows Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's announcement of its own mobile health-data product, but Apple did not elaborate on other capabilities.

Federighi also described "homekit," a feature that allows an Apple device to control everything from lights to temperature.

Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together, enabling users to share and sync files between Macs and mobile gadgets more easily.

According to the company, the new Mac platform "Yosemite" will come with a much-improved Internet storage application, while users can pick up calls to iPhones from their Macs.

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