In addition to the four major operating systems, Apple released new tools for health insights and support for loved ones at the developer conference.
Based on the new health features of iPhone iOS 15 and Apple Watch, users can safely share their health data with family members or doctors and gain insights into the health trends of their loved ones.
The new “walking stability” detection record function on the iPhone can also capture the user’s movement stability data to prevent and reduce the risk of falling.
Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said, “Many people around the world are taking care of someone. We want to provide users with a safe and private way to have a trusted partner in their health journey.”
In the Health app, a new sharing tab allows users to privately share their data with trusted partners or caregivers.
Users have full control over what data they share and with whom, whether they are elderly parents sharing their activity or heart health data with their family members.
The partner who chooses to share their fertility window insights, or whether people with Parkinson’s disease want to share their mobile data with a physical therapist.
If a user finds a noteworthy trend or change in the health data of a loved one, they can start a conversation by simply clicking on the message.
The “walking stability” on the iPhone is the industry’s first. At present, the risk of falling is assessed by caregivers through questionnaires and personal assessments.
Walking Steadiness provides additional features to capture daily movement and surface classification in the Health app, such as normal, low, or very low, allowing users to take proactive actions to help reduce the risk of falls.
“Walking Stability” uses a custom algorithm to evaluate balance, stability, and coordination through the built-in motion sensor on the iPhone.
This pioneering indicator was created using real-world data from Apple’s Heart and Exercise Research.
“Walking stability” can also help users achieve their stability goals. Users can choose to be notified when their scores are low or very low, and then perform rehabilitation exercises to increase strength and balance.