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Wearable fight! Apple Store flushes Fitbit after it declines to support HealthKit

Wearable fight! Apple Store flushes Fitbit after it declines to support HealthKit

Wearable fight! Apple Store flushes Fitbit after it declines to support HealthKit

Wearable fight! Apple Store flushes Fitbit after it declines to support HealthKit

Above: Fitbit’s new Charge, Charge HR, and Surge fitness wearables.

Image Credit: Fitbit

Nobody puts Apple’s HealthKit in a corner.

Just a few weeks after Fitbit said it wouldn’t support Apple’s new HealthKit platform, the company’s devices have vanished from Apple’s online stores. The disappearance, spotted by Slash Gear, comes just a few weeks after rumors began to circulate that Apple would yank the fitness wearables.

As of yet, neither company has issued a statement. But it should prove to be an interesting test case for how Apple treats developers of third-party gadgets as the company prepares to roll out the Apple Watch early next year.

On one hand, the Apple Watch includes a number of fitness features that could compete with those made by companies such as Fitbit. And on the other hand, Apple wants developers to plug into its HealthKit platform to make it a hub of personal health data.

Fitbit said it would wait and see. Its most recent releases don’t support HealthKit, though it said it might rethink that approach if users demanded it.

Source: Slash Gear

Apple designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes t… read more »

Fitbit inspires people to exercise more, eat better, and live healthier lifestyles. The ultra-compact Fitbit device automatically tracks data about a person’s activities, such as calories burned, sleep quality, steps, and distan… read more »

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