Apple to encourage organ donation with upcoming iOS 10 update

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As part of Apple's longstanding commitment to improving user health, the company will reportedly encourage iOS users to become organ donors when it rolls out an update to its Health app once iOS 10 is released to the public later this year.

Once available, user's will be able to seamlessly sign up via the Donate Life America's organ donation registry. That Apple would choose to include such an option isn't at all surprising given that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was himself saved by an organ donation late in life when he was the recipient of a liver transplant.

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"Watching and seeing him every day, waiting and not knowing, it stuck with me and left an impression that I'll never forget," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Once iOS 10 is released, Apple said users will be able to sign up to be organ, eye or tissue donors via a simple sign-up process.

“Apple’s mission has always been to create products that transform people’s lives," Apple COO Jeff Williams said in an official press release. "With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register. It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives."

As it stands today, more than 120,000 Americans are currently on a wait list of some sort for an organ donation. Needless to say, it's great to see Apple try and leverage its gigantic iOS user base for a good cause.

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