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Apple Working On Technology Allowing iPhone To Discover When Owner is Depressed

Anish Vij

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Apple Working On Technology Allowing iPhone To Discover When Owner is Depressed

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Apple is said to be working on technology that would allow iPhone to find out if the phone owner is depressed or anxious.

According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhones would be able to diagnose cognitive decline and signs of depression by looking at phone owner's daily habits.

The company is said to be working with UCLA, Biogen to accumulate sensitive like facial expressions and typing metrics.

After gathering enough information on a user, the data would be fed into an algorithm that would allow an iPhone owner to be diagnosed, reports suggest.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

The speed at which you type combined with facial expressions would all occur on the phone itself.

Apple is said to stick with their tight privacy claims and will be unable to observe things they shouldn't.

For example, Apple protects health records that are inputted into iPhones and keep them secured on the physical device, instead of uploading them to iCloud servers.

The report also suggests that the technology is in the early stages of development and Apple are said to be optimistic about the various possibilities.

In case you missed it, Apple's new iPhone 13 range dropped 8 days ago (14 Sept) with minor improvements to last year's model.

The key differences are the diagonal camera layout, with a slightly improved camera system and a faster processor.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

Oh, and the notch is a tiny bit (20 per cent) smaller too.

The iPhone 13 (£779) and iPhone 13 Mini (£679) have a 28 percent brighter screen, which makes it a bit easier to see in the sun.

Perhaps the best news is, the iPhone 13 range has a better battery life, we are told - 90 minutes longer on the iPhone 13 Mini than the iPhone 12 Mini, and the iPhone 13 is said to be 2.5 hours longer than iPhone 12.

'All-day battery life,' they say.

Well, we'll see about that.

The flagships (the model with three cameras) also dropped - iPhone 13 Pro (£949) and larger iPhone 13 Pro Max at £1,049.

For any phone nerds out there who love the good old 'Android vs iPhone debate', you iPhone fanboys/girls will be glad to know that the Pro versions will now have ProMotion variable refresh rate, which can go from 10Hz to 120Hz (a common feature in Android phones for a few years).

Topics: Technology, Apple, US

Anish Vij
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