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Apple is reportedly developing a new iPhone app that will allow users to track their daily activities and compile a journal of their experiences, as part of the company’s expanding focus on physical and mental health. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the new app is codenamed “Jurassic” and will compete with other journaling apps on the market, such as Day One.
The app is designed to help users keep track of their daily lives, with the ability to analyze behavior and determine a user’s typical day, including how much time they spend at home versus elsewhere. The app will also be able to detect whether a certain day included something outside the norm.
One of the unique features of the app will be a personalization tool that suggests topics for users to write about, such as a workout or other activities. Additionally, the app will offer an “All Day People Discovery” feature to detect a user’s physical proximity to others.
While the app will have access to text messages and phone calls, the company has emphasized that privacy and security will be central to its design. The analysis of the user’s day will take place on-device, and journaling suggestions will remain in the system for four weeks before being removed.
It’s unclear when the app will be released, but it’s possible that it could be announced at WWDC in June, when iOS 17 is set to be previewed. The documents seen by WSJ offered no indication as to whether Apple plans to charge for the app.
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Apple’s interest in mental health has been growing in recent years, with the company releasing new features on its devices aimed at promoting mindfulness and well-being. This new journaling app appears to be another step in that direction, providing users with a tool to track their mental and physical health on a daily basis.