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Apple wants to help you manage and track your medication

Apple Watch and iPhone with new Medications app
Apple Watch and iPhone with new Medications app (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple unveiled iOS 16 and watchOS 9 at WWDC earlier today.
  • watchOS 9 adds a new Medications app for Apple Watch.
  • Users can also track medications through the Health app on their iPhone.

Tim Cook has continued to say that Apple's greatest contribution to mankind will be its work in the area of health. Today, the company moved the needle once again in that work.

Earlier today, Apple unveiled watchOS 9 and iOS 16 during its WWDC 2022 keynote. One of the biggest announcements for the Apple Watch is the new Medications app, which allows users to track and manage their medications. With the app, users can "create a medications list, set up schedules and reminders, and view information on their medications in the Health app."

The new Medications experience on Apple Watch and iPhone helps users manage and track their medications, vitamins, and supplements, allowing them to create a medications list, set up schedules and reminders, and view information on their medications in the Health app. The Medications app on Apple Watch makes it easy for users to conveniently and discreetly track medications anytime, anywhere.

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Apple Wwdc22 Iphone13pro Medications Interactions 220606 Inline.jpg.large 2x (Image credit: Apple)

The Health app will also track your medications and alert you if there are "potential critical interactions with medications they have added to the Health app." That feature will be limited to users in the United States at launch.

Custom schedules can be created for each medication, whether it needs to be taken multiple times a day, once a week, or as needed, and users can set up reminders to help keep them on track. In the US, users can receive an alert if there are potential critical interactions with medications they have added to the Health app.

Apple says that over half of the population takes some form of regular medication, so this feature is one that will have a substantial impact on a ton of users.

Thankfully, the company has also confirmed that users can utilize the feature whether or not they have an Apple Watch.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.