WWDC 2019 schedule teases ReplayKit for macOS, hearing tech in HealthKit

in macOS edited May 22
Apple's WWDC 2019 schedule has quietly revealed that ReplayKit will be coming to macOS later this year, and that the company's HealthKit ambitions include hearing.


macOS is listed among iOS and tvOS as platforms for session 6050, a ReplayKit Lab, developer Steve Troughton-Smith pointed out on Twitter. People attending the session will be able to meet Apple engineers responsible for ReplayKit and get help with code. The platform currently lets iOS users record and share content via Control Center.

Session 218, "Exploring New Data Representations in HealthKit," promises to teach people about "modern storage for high-frequency health data types, accessing beat-to-beat heart rate data, and how to bring an entire new dimension of health to your users with new support for hearing health."

It's not clear how hearing technology might work in the context of HealthKit, but presumably iOS Health could store the results of app-based hearing tests. These might then be shared with audiologists and other medical professionals as a basis for action.

WWDC begins June 3 with an Apple keynote. Current speculation has Apple considering a reveal of a modular Mac Pro, and an expansion of Marzipan to make it easier to develop apps across iOS and macOS. New versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS should make their debut.

iOS 13 is expected to include Screen Time, iMessage, and Apple Books updates, and possibly a dark mode. macOS 10.15 should see the culling of QuickTime, Carbon, and Ink, the end of 32-bit application support, plus the introduction of Siri Shortcuts and standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps.

AppleInsider will be at the WWDC, with continuing coverage before, during, and after the keynote.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,643member
    Looks to be a very exciting WWDC this year.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    tokyojimutokyojimu Posts: 420member
    Never mind. 
    edited May 22
  • Reply 3 of 5
    65026502 Posts: 276member
    My wife is an audiologist in the bay area and was approached by Apple to work with them on an undisclosed project. Their demands were quite high so she turned them down. It will be interesting to see what they come out with.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,355member
    Oh please, the new Mac Pro ...
    edited May 23 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    I hope Apple goes all in on this hearing thing.  That's an industry that is ripe for disruption.  Coincidentally (or not) new regulations are on the immediate horizon (or perhaps have already kicked it) opening up formerly restricted market segments for hearing aids.  As someone who's hearing is not great and declining but isn't deaf enough to justify thousands of dollars for hearing aids, this can't happen soon enough.
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