Your iPhone could soon be able to tell if you’re depressed

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According to a new report, Apple is working on a technology that lets the iPhone know when its owner is depressed.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the phone will be able to diagnose depression and cognitive decline by watching its owners as they use it. It cited people familiar with the matter as well as documents seen by it, in which it said detailed studies that have been initiated as part of the efforts.

The phone will be able to use the information it collects on its owner, and feed it into an algorithm that will allow them to potentially diagnose, as suggested in the report.


Wall Street Journal, it will be able to see people’s facial expressions, their speech patterns, how they walk as well as how they sleep, etc. The report suggests it may also be able to see how quickly people type and what they say.

The report suggested that in keeping with the company’s commitment to privacy, all this analysis would be done over the phone and not given to Apple. Apple already protects health records in a way it doesn’t with other types of data, storing them on the phone instead of uploading them to its servers.

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The report suggested that the work would include studies in collaboration with universities that could help understand whether the technology could be effective. While it’s still in the early stages, and may not appear in future iPhones, the Journal suggested that Apple is optimistic about the prospects.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment Granthshala.


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