Apple’s Health app is one of the first of its kind to provide detailed data about your physical activity. It displays steps, flight height, distance walked, and calories burned. You can view more details by tapping on any of these data points. This is a great feature for those who are interested in their health. But is it accurate enough to use for health purposes? This article explores the claims of Apple’s health app to help you determine how accurate it really is.
While it’s important to be cautious with any data from a smartphone, this research shows that the Health App is fairly accurate. The accuracy of the app depends on the amount of data collected, the accuracy of the underlying algorithm, and how the user inputs the data. A study of 3,000 people found that the app was 97% accurate for steps taken, but the results aren’t perfect. But that’s not to say it’s inaccurate, either.
In this study, subjects wore accelerometers on their waists for a day. The app then recorded their step counts at the start and end of the day. The results revealed that the data recorded by the iPhone was significantly less than the actual number of steps a person took. However, the researchers did not blame the iPhone for the errors, but the users. The study authors noted that the app is highly accurate and should provide iPhone users with confidence in their daily physical activity.