Apple releases health functions with several new products and features at WWDC 2023, with an emphasis on mental health for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10. When announcing the features, Apple noted that mental and visual health is important but frequently disregarded. Users can use the Health (for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17) and Awareness (for watchOS) apps to express their emotions, which range from “Pleasant” to “Very Unpleasant.” Furthermore, Apple Watch now can monitor how much time is spent outside by using the ambient light sensor.
WWDC 2023- Apple releases health functions for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10
Apple stated when announcing the features that mental and visual health are significant but frequently ignored.
Health functions introduced by the Apple
Apple unveiled several new products and features on day 1 of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with a focus on mental health for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10.
“Our mission is to give people the tools they need to manage their health. Mental health and vision health are significant but frequently neglected areas of health. We’re excited to launch features that offer useful new insights to give users an even better understanding of their health,” said Sumbul Desai, the company’s vice president of health, in a statement cited in an Apple release.
Mental Health App
Users can express their feelings using the Health (for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17) and Awareness (for watchOS) apps, which range from “Pleasant” to “Very Unpleasant.”
Additionally, they gain insightful information about what precisely is influencing their mental state from this. Additionally, the Health app makes it simple to access the depression and anxiety tests that are frequently used in hospitals to assess a patient’s “risk level.”
iPhones track the outdoor duration of children
Children should spend 80 to 120 minutes outside each day, according to the International Myopia Institute. As a result, with watchOS 17, Apple Watch adds the capability to track the amount of time spent outdoors using the light ambient sensor. Children who don’t own an iPhone can pair their Apple Watch with their parent’s iPhones using the Family Setup feature. Parents can see how much time their children are spending outside thanks to this method.
In the meantime, a function called Screen Distance encourages users to move their device farther away after it has been less than 12 inches from them for an extended time to reduce the risk of myopia.
The iPad now has a health app
The Health app, which is available on iPad as of iOS 17, allows users to view data from their Watch, iPad, iPhone, and other compatible third-party devices in a single location.
People can view the available health records from numerous institutions, monitor and handle their medications, use Cycle Tracking, log their daily moods and momentary emotions, and more. In addition, they can view their health data while multitasking with other apps using iPadOS features like Split View.