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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released in September 2014. Apple unveiled its long-anticipated AppleWatch in 2015. A new iPhone7 (http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iphone-7/) is set to be released in late 2016.
Notable features on the iPhone6
Apple's new iPhone 6: look for the HealthKit app and new tech specs
Operating System: iOS 8
- The iPhone6 Plus is noticeably larger than the standard 6...
- If you are a low vision user, you will appreciate the extra screen real estate; it is 4.7 inches larger measured diagonally for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the 6 Plus.
- The iPhone6 is thinner--the camera's sapphire lens cover protrudes a millimeter (or so) from the iPhone's rear edge.
- It is possible to rock the iPhone just a bit from side to side, but I suspect even a thin case will re-level the phone and make things flush.
- Colour: The new iPhones are available in silver, gold, and space gray
- Memory: The 32GB option is gone. These newest models are available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.
- Optical image stabilization available exclusively on the 6 Plus camera may also help you become a better photographer. In the future it may enhance your ability to use a scanning app like the new KNFB Reader, but to my knowledge neither this nor any other scanning apps have been optimized to take advantage of this feature yet.
- Speak screen: previous versions of iOS allowed highlighted text to be read aloud. Now, instruct your phone to read the entire screen, with VoiceOver turned off, using a two-finger slide-down gesture. This will be handy to Zoom users faced with a large text passage to read. You can enable this feature from the Accessibility/Speech menu.
- Apple Pay is in the process of changing how we spend money. iPhone 6 models include near field communication technology (NFC); with Apple Pay, you can avoid credit and debit cards and use your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to buy a prescription, pay for a cab or restaurant bill.
- Apple Pay will change how you pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you have with you every day. Use your iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad to pay in a simple, secure and private way.
- Apple Watch is a so-called smartwatch for connected patients, families, caregivers and consumers due for a 2015 release. (In 2014, Apple Watch was listed by Time as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014.)
- The Apple Watch is a wearable device that includes features such as an accelerometer for body movement measures, heart rate sensor and pedometer linked to GPS, an operating system with a health app that uses a user-friendly dashboard to display health data, and numerous connections with other devices, apps and EHRs.
- Apple's HealthKit allows apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with the new Health app and with each other.
- A user’s health information is stored in a centralized and secure location and the user decides which data should be shared with your app.
- Apple created the platform to design apps that provide data to various organizations and third-party providers.
- Some electronic health record companies are planning to connect their systems to allow the addition of patient-generated data.
- HealthKit is a framework for iOS-connected health monitoring devices, such as AppleWatch. Bluetooth scales, workout monitors, treadmills and other fitness accessories can link to the Health app to give users a one-stop view.
- HealthKit is a part of a new generation of connected devices, such as on-the-go glucose and blood pressure monitoring. It won't be long before these sensors are collecting this data and forwarding it to health professionals.
- One feature that can be used right now is the Medical ID app. Create a list of allergies and other medical conditions and it can be made available on your lock screen's emergency control.
App evaluation & pathfinders
More basic apps
- BrowZine, a virtual magazine stand, works by organizing articles found in open access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging journals on an integrated newsstand; it is an easy and familiar way to read and monitor scholarly journals such as Elsevier, SAGE, Emerald, Wiley, and more. There are iPad, Android tablet and iPhone apps. You can save articles to your device to read offline.
Medical schools and medical library websites
A number of American medical schools and libraries have developed 'optimized' versions of their library websites, see Medical sites for mobiles & ...
Unbound Medicine & the iPhone
Unbound Medicine (also uCentral) is one of the few medical information tools creating iPhone-optimized texts for titles such as the Merck Manual, Harrison's and Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Red Book® from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Davis's Drug Guide and Taber's. (See list of titles). Unbound MEDLINE takes advantage of a built-in Safari™ browser for wifi. Users navigate by tapping or entering terms to see information about diseases, drug monographs for dosing, interactions and adverse effects, etc. See http://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline
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