On Day 1 of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple unveiled several new products and features, including health-related ones for iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10, with a special focus on mental health.
“Our goal is to empower people to take charge of their own health journey. Mental health and vision health are important, but often overlooked, and we’re excited to introduce features that offer users valuable new insights to better understand their health,” an Apple release Sumbul Desai, the company’s vice president of health, was quoted as saying.
The Health (for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17) and Mindfulness (on watchOS) apps allow users to rate how they feel, from ‘Pleasant’ to ‘Very Pleasant’.
Here, they also gain valuable insights into identifying what exactly contributes to their mood. Additionally, depression and anxiety assessments often used in hospitals to determine a person’s ‘risk-level’ are readily available in the Health app.
The International Myopia Institute recommends 80-120 minutes of outdoor minutes a day for children. Accordingly, with WatchOS 17, the Apple Watch introduces the ability to measure time spent in daylight, which can be done using the light ambient sensor. Children who don’t have an iPhone can use Apple Watches Family setup to pair the watch with their parent’s iPhone. This way, parents can also see how much time their children spend outdoors.
Meanwhile, to reduce the risk of myopia, a feature called Screen Distance prompts people to move away from their device after the distance between them has been less than 12 inches for an extended period of time.
Health app coming to iPad
iOS 17 brings the Health app to iPad, designed so users can view information from iPad, iPhone, Watch, as well as compatible third-party devices, all in one place.
People can: track and manage their medications, use cycle tracking, record momentary emotions and daily moods, view health records available from multiple institutions, and more. They can also use iPadOS features like Split View to multitask with other apps while viewing their health data.