The app is central to the company’s health efforts, serving as a repository for fitness data collected by the Apple Watch and outside health records.
It also serves as a portal for users to share information with their doctors.
The tools for tracking emotion and managing vision conditions, such as near-sightedness, will be added to the health app this year.
The initial version of the emotion tracker will let users log their mood, answer questions about their day, and compare the results over time.
But in the future, Apple is hoping the iPhone could use algorithms to determine a user’s mood via their speech, what words they have typed and other data on their devices.
Apple is aiming to unveil the new iPad app, and the tools for managing emotion and vision, in June at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
But the coaching service, a more significant step, would not be announced this year, according to the people.
The company’s upcoming mixed-reality headset, also set to debut in June, will play into the health and wellness strategy as well.
A feature will let users meditate while wearing the device, and an optimised version of Apple’s Fitness+ workout service is in the works.
The health strategy has become core to the company, and Apple has added new features for taking EKGs, analysing atrial fibrillation, fall detection and sleep tracking.
The work has become a major selling point for its smartwatch.
The mood- and emotion-tracking features are separate from a new journaling app that Apple is planning for this year.
That app is not meant to be a health feature, the people said, and Apple is unlikely to position it as such.
Instead, the app is meant as an extension of the company’s Find My service and other location features.
It stems from a desire to add more social networking elements to those functions.
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