Apple Watch and iPhone will focus on 17 areas of health and fitness, according to the brand: What to expect

Apple Watch and iPhone to focus on 17 health and fitness areas, tells the brand: What to expect

With iOS 16 and watchOS 9 this fall, Apple Watch and iPhone will offer features focused on 17 areas of health and fitness, from heart health to sleep, women’s health, mobility and more, according to the tech giant . Apple users can now store more than 150 different types of health data from Apple Watch, iPhone, and connected third-party apps and devices. They may also choose to share certain types of this health data with their loved ones. These features, available in nearly 200 countries and territories, provide users with high-quality data collected during the day and night, the company said. As the pandemic shows us the importance of being fit and healthy, Apple is creating devices and services with “science-based technology” that provide even more information to people and act as a smart guardian of their health, “so they are no longer passengers on their own health journey,” according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. The company is drawn to this work not only because of the opportunity to help advance human health, but “because we are driven by our principles to devote talent, resources and expertise where we can do the most good.” “We believe passionately that technology can play a role in improving health outcomes and empowering people to have a healthier day,” he said in a recent Apple Health report. The Cupertino-based company said its application programming interfaces (APIs) enable third-party developers to create new solutions that promote healthy lifestyles and healthcare innovation. “There are now tens of thousands of apps in the App Store that use our HealthKit API, so they can incorporate data that users choose to share from within the Health app to deliver health and fitness experiences, with rigorous data privacy and security protocols.” according to the report. With users’ permission, these apps can also provide data to the Health app. Apple recently collaborated with Stanford University in the United States to build the Apple Heart Study, a first of its kind in the medical community and the largest virtual heart clinical study of its time. “This paved the way for Apple to partner with some of the world’s leading institutions to build three groundbreaking research studies to advance the science of women’s health, hearing health, heart health and more .” the report says. Healthcare organizations use Apple devices, APIs and frameworks to strengthen the relationship between doctors and patients with meaningful data and enable care from anywhere. According to the report, healthcare organizations and insurance companies around the world have partnered with Apple to integrate Apple Watch into their wellness programs to promote healthier behaviors and improve individual health at scale. “Our work falls primarily into two categories: personal health and fitness features on Apple Watch and iPhone, and the work we do with the medical community to support research and care,” Williams said. (Except for the title and cover image, the rest of this IANS article has not been edited) For more tech, product reviews, features and science updates, keep reading Fun Academy.
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