As of late, Cupertino, California-based tech firm Apple aims to do more than just give better overall experiences when using its products and services. Now, the company wants to encourage millions of iPhone users to register as organ donors through the use of a software update. With the new patch, it will allow users to add an easy sign-up button to the health information mobile application, of which comes installed into just about every iPhone that the company manufactures.
Apple Urges iPhone Users to Take Part in Organ Donor Program
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple, said that he hopes that the new software, which will be set for a limited release this month, will assist in easing a critical and longstanding shortage for organs. He stated that the problem had hit home when his friend, as well as his former boss and co-founder Steve Jobs, had endured an “excruciating” wait for a liver transplant back in 2009.
“Watching and seeing him every day, waiting and not knowing — it stuck with me and left an impression that I’ll never forget,” Cook told the members of The Associated Press. The Apple CEO was so concerned about the well-being of Jobs that he even offered to donate part of his own liver, albeit at the refusal of Jobs.
Steve Jobs passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer back in 2011, which was two years following a liver transplant in Tennessee which did extend his life by a bit. He then enrolled in the state’s registry following the advice of doctors. However, it involved the lengthy waiting list in California, and it meant that he would not be able to live long enough to get an organ transplant right in his home state.
With the new software, donation advocates are hoping that this new sign-up method will be able to generate an appeal, especially towards young adults, who constantly use their iPhones every day for many kinds of online transactions. David Fleming, chief executive of Donate Life America, which is a non-profit national donation registry that is working with the tech firm, said the following: “Younger Americans are not registering at the same rate as they have in the past.”
Aside from the sign-up button, Apple is also adding an option for iPhone users to register with Donate Life just by clicking on that same button within the smartphone’s Health application. The mobile app was introduced back in 2014 as a means for recording and managing a wide variety of health and fitness data.
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