Apple reportedly plans to release a journal app for the iPhone, The Wall Street Journal informed. The app, codenamed “Jurassic,” would align with Apple’s desire to expand into healthcare, with internal documents linking the journal to better mental health.
This app could act as a sort of life tracker, looking at what your typical day looks like, where you go, who you interact with, and how it differs from a standard routine. Supposedly, it could even try to determine the difference between who your colleagues and friends are, using a feature called “All-Day People Discovery.” It could work by detecting your proximity to other people, though it’s unclear if they’d also need an iPhone and the app.
The full information Apple can collect isn’t exactly new, but it could be pretty obvious, with a personalization feature that uses the data it collects to suggest relevant topics for the diary. Basically, it seems that if you take your iPhone for a run, it will suggest writing about a workout. Apparently, all data could be stored solely on the device, and journaling suggestions would be automatically deleted after four weeks.
If Apple releases a journal app, it could be in direct competition with day one. The sentiment and activity tracker has spent more than a decade growing to 200,000 premium subscribers, largely with the help of Apple. It received a 2014 Apple Design Award and received repeated promotions on the App Store. Paul Mayne, its founder, told the wsj that Apple’s support dropped off noticeably about three years ago, leading him to assume that it was building a similar app. Apple has previously been accused of creating its own versions of popular apps, aka Sherlocking, or meeting with companies only to drop them and produce something similar to their idea.
Apple hasn’t publicly announced anything about the alleged journal app, and likely won’t until its June developer conference at the earliest.
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