Smaller iPhone to be unveiled today!

Small is big again for Apple. The tech giant will host an event on its Cupertino, Calif., campus Monday, where it’s expected to reveal an iPhone with a smaller touchscreen. Follow this page for the latest updates:

1:25 p.m.: Williams says CareKit will launch in April, and be open source, so any developers are free to use it. Now, Tim Cook returns to the stage.

1:23 p.m.: Williams says Apple is working with Texas Medical Center on an app for post-surgery care. It can monitor your temperature, or range of motion, or other data. It can be shared with family as well as physicians, who can “dynamically update” your care plan depending on progress.

1:21 p.m.: Williams says ResearchKit can also be used for patient care. He cites a study for Parkinson’s disease, where researchers could study the impact of medicines on treating the disease. Williams unveils CareKit, development tools for apps aimed at patient care. The first app for Parkinson’s will be used by leading medical institutions including Stanford Medicine and John’s Hopkins.

1:19 p.m.: Another example is epilepsy. Researchers are looking into an app for Apple Watch using sensors that can help detect a seizure. Incredible.

1:17 p.m.: Cue the video to discuss the impact of ResearchKit. One example: diagnosing autism at earlier ages through studies and eventually a tool to screen for autism. The tool uses videos and the front-facing camera to study reactions.

1:15 p.m.: Cook returns to talk about the Health initiative. Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams appears to talk more, starting with ResearchKit, software development tools released last year.

1:13 p.m.: Apple Renew is a program where users can bring their devices into a retail store or mail them directly to the company.

1:11 p.m.: Apple introducing research and development project for older iPhones that deconstructs the device and separates all parts and materials so they can be used again.

1:08 p.m.: Apple cites some of the unique methods to turn their operations renewable, including a giant solar panel in the Sichuan province of China. In Singapore, solar arrays are used on more than 800 rooftops.

1:05 p.m.: Cook addressing two initiatives to help leave the world in a better place, starting with the environment. First goal is to be 100% renewable in all global operations. Apple says they’ve hit 93% worldwide, including 100% in the U.S.

1:04 p.m.: And right away, Cook addresses the FBI battle over the encrypted iPhone. He says he’s “deeply grateful” for the support in this case. “We believe strongly that we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy,” says Cook. “We owe it to our customers, and we owe it to our country.”

1:03 p.m.: Cook tosses out a jaw-dropping number: 1 billion active Apple devices around the world. Staggering.

1:02 p.m.: Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage. He says Apple will celebrate the company’s 40th birthday on April 1. It doesn’t look a day over 36.

1:01 p.m. ET: And here we go. It begins with a video montage, titled “40 Years in 40 Seconds.” Very Mac heavy at the start (no surprise) before moving on to the reason for today’s event: the iPhone.


(Source Cowan: USA Today)



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