Apple poised to launch wellness-focused journaling app


iPhone on top of journal with text
Rumors suggest Apple is looking to take a bite out of the third-party journaling app market
Photo: Debby Ledet, Unsplash

Apple’s continued march towards owning your personal wellness is set to continue in iOS 17 according to a new (paywalled) Wall Street Journal report. According to the report, a journaling app to document your thoughts, feelings, and daily activities is likely on the way. The app will purportedly also provide insights into how the people you are around influence your mood.

Apple hopes to one-up third-party journaling apps

Taking on similar journaling apps like Day One or stoic, Apple’s journaling app, codenamed “Jurassic”, will focus on letting users log a number of aspects of life. Additionally, according to the report, the app would integrate with the Health and Workout apps to log physical well-being along with the user’s thoughts and emotions.

According to documents shared with the Wall Street Journal, the app could also learn from a user’s typical day-to-day activities (like time spent at home or time spent around other people) to indicate when something is outside of the normal routine. Additionally, a personalization feature may surface topics for the user to write about based on data or trends on the user’s device.

Another key feature in the rumored feature will be “All Day People Discovery” which is claimed to be a way for the app to detect a user’s proximity to others. The feature could then determine who might be considered a work colleague, a friend, or a family member, and ultimately how being in their presence impacts other aspects of your day. Given Apple’s ongoing commitment to users’ privacy, the implementation of the “All Day People Discovery” feature will likely be a key differentiator.

Apple’s journaling app is rumored to work with all devices supporting iOS 17. The current rumor suggests the apps will potentially be released as part of iOS 17, which is expected to be unveiled at WWDC in June.


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