What you need to know
- Apple is reportedly working on major health upgrades to the iPhone.
- A new report says that it is working on a feature that could detect depression and cognitive decline in users.
- Apple is also reportedly trying to create an algorithm that could detect childhood autism.
A new report into Apple says the company is working on ways to detect depression, cognitive decline, and even childhood autism using future iPhones.
The tech would use sensor data that includes mobility, activity, sleeping patterns, and more, using algorithms to detect changes that could indicate conditions like depression. Whilst the report notes the research is in early stages and could never make it to market, it states that Apple "hopes that would become the basis for unique features for its devices."
Alongside measuring depression and cognitive decline, Apple is also apparently working on building an algorithm that could detect childhood autism:
Apple released iOS 15 this week for all of its best iPhones including iPhone 13. It includes new Health updates announced at WWDC including a new Walking Steadiness metric to help manage fall risk, as well as a new feature to store COVID-19 vaccination records or test results directly in the health app.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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