Report: iPhones may soon detect depression, autism, and cognitive decline

Apple is currently working on a technology for their iPhones that would be able to detect autism, depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline in young people to help fight early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, per a Wall Street Journal report.

“The depression and cognitive decline features would reportedly use extensive personal data collected by sensors on Apple devices like iPhones and Apple Watches, including information about users’ sleep patterns, physical activity, typing behavior and more”, the New York Post writes.

It is reported that the technology superpower is working on the effort alongside researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, who are currently studying stress, anxiety and depression.

Apple is also supposedly collaborating with the drugmaker Biogen Inc., which is studying cognitive decline, according to that same report from the Journal. A third reported collaboration is also in the mix, with Duke University. They are studying to use the iPhone’s camera to observe young children’s physical behavior and help detect autism. 

“Apple’s reported effort comes as a growing body of research in recent years shows that usage of the company’s own devices could be contributing to mental health issues” (NY Post).



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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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