Apple announced earlier this year that beginning with the introduction of iOS 10 American iPhone user scan sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors within the device’s Health app. Following a simple sign up process users will be automatically enrolled in the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America, a not-for-profit campaigning group.
The new feature will enable people to "carry their decision with them wherever they go," Apple said in a statement, adding that over 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant and that each organ donor can save as many as eight lives.
It’s also expected that software developers will launch a new host of health, fitness and research apps based upon the Health-, Care- and ResearchKits.Apple also recently announced it will apply stricter guidelines for allowing these kind of apps in the App Store.
Apple Watch Gen2
Apple introduced Apple Watch Series 2 yesterday. The Apple Watch Series 2 is ‘packed with incredible’ fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone.
Apple Watch Series 2 also features a brighter display and a powerful dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay. Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16.
“We are committed to fitness and health and think our customers will love the new capabilities of Apple Watch Series 2,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer during the launch event. “With a powerful new dual-core processor, water resistance 50 meters and built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with features to help our customers live a healthy life.”
Apple Watch Series 2 is rated water resistant 50 meters for swimming, surfing or just playing in the pool. For swimmers, Apple developed all-new algorithms after hundreds of hours of research for two new workout options, pool and open water. Apple Watch Series 2 can count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
With built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 records precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone. Users can begin an outdoor workout immediately as Apple Watch Series 2 uses Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to identify their location. On completion of an outdoor workout, user scan view a route map that shows variations in speed in the Activity app on iPhone. The Activity app on Apple Watch Series 2 counts all daily activity towards the Stand, Move and Exercise rings.
WatchOS 3 features significantly improved performance that makes it simpler to launch favorite apps instantly, either from the watch face or with the new Dock, which displays the latest information already updated in the background.
New fitness and health capabilities include the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete, keeping friends and family motivated. There is also a customized experience for wheelchair users to close their Activity rings, in addition to dedicated workouts.
Customers will be able to order Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Edition beginning Friday, September 9, with availability beginning Friday, September 16, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.
Apple Watch Nike for runners
Apple and Nike also introduced Apple Watch Nike+, the latest result of a long-standing partnership. Apple Watch Nike+ is aimed at runners , pairing exclusive Nike Sport Bands with Apple Watch Series 2. Apple Watch Nike+ also includes exclusive Siri commands and iconic Nike watch faces along with integration with the new Nike+ Run Club app for better motivation to go for a run, coaching plans that adapt to unique schedule and progress, and guidance from ‘the world’s best coaches and athletes’.
Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on apple.com beginning Friday, September 9, with availability in late October, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.
With built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 records precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone. Users can begin an outdoor workout immediately as Apple Watch Series 2 uses Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to quickly identify their location. On completion of an outdoor workout, view a route map that shows variations in speed in the Activity app on iPhone. Whether running, going for a swim or walking between meetings, the Activity app on Apple Watch Series 2 counts all daily activity towards the Stand, Move and Exercise rings.