Category Archives: health

Episode 121, Apple announces Worldwide Developer’s Conference; and a review of KeySmart’s CleanLight, portable ionic UV air purifier



In this episode, we discuss Apple’s announcement this week of the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and a product review of the CleanLight, a portable ionic UV air purifier manufactured by KeySmart. More information about the Mac Minutes Podcast can be found at the podcast’s website. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc. and KeySmart)

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off online beginning June 7, 2021
The CleanLight Air Pro is a portable ionic UV air purifier.

Episode 120, Stanford Study finds AppleWatch can accurately assess frailty; Apple updates mobile device operating systems



In this episode, we discuss how a Stanford Study found the AppleWatch can predict frailty in Veteran’s Health Administration patients, proving once again how important the AppleWatch when combined with an iPhone can be in a health program.  We will finish the podcast covering Apple’s recent updates of various mobile device operating systems, including iOS 14.4.2, iPad OS 14.2.2 and WatchOS 7.3.3. You can read the Stanford Study and find out more information at the Mac Minutes Podcast website. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)

An Apple Watch, such as the Series 4, which monitors ECG functions, is one such device that can augment your home healthcare program.

Episode 119, Apple Maps now displays COVID-19 vaccination locations; testing; and using location tracking



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s recent announcement on new COVID features in the maps application.  You can now ask the Siri or search within Apple Maps to find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers throughout the US, with operating hours and links to important information. We will cover how these tips work and talk about other features for finding COVID testing and using location tracking. Click on COVID mobility data and trends for the past year.  More information is at the Mac Minutes Podcast website.(Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Maps users can now quickly find the closest pharmacies and healthcare providers offering COVID-19 vaccines.
Information including address, operating hours, contact information, and more can be found on the provider’s placecard in Apple Maps.

Episode 118, AirPop launches first smart air wearable, Active + with Halo Sensor; and Apple updates operating systems



In this episode, we discuss the launch of the AirPop Active + Smart Mask with Halo Sensor which tracks a combination of air quality data and information about your breathing rate, helping users take control of their respiratory health.  We will finish the podcast talking about the sweeping updates this week to Apple’s operating systems  More information for the mask are at AirPop and the Mac Minutes Podcast websites. (Graphics courtesy of AirPopHealth)

Halo’s discreet sensor array automatically detects when you start breathing and then syncs your breathing data with the app. An inhale/exhale LED ring indicates breath rate while its intelligent capture supports real-time or background passive modes. The personal dashboard shows real-time protection levels and tracks breathing by activity and location. The device works with Apple HealthKit, so you can track your breathing in iOS.
With its patented 360 degrees sealing, medical-grade soft touch membrane, and super light construction the Active mask filters adaptively seal to the contours of your face. The design maintains its shape and fit when snapped into the Airknit pre-formed shell. Paired with adjustable earloops to create the ideal fit for every face.

Episode 116, eero 6 Pro Mesh hands-on review; Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition fitness award with the International Women’s Day Activity Challenge



In this episode I will be giving a hands-on review of the eero Pro 6 mesh system and share Apple’s fitness activity award celebrating International Women’s Day.  You can find a comprehensive list of Apple’s events celebrating Women’s History Month at the attached link.  More information for the eero Pro 6 is at eero and the podcast at  Mac Minutes Podcast.

eero Pro 6 covers up to: 2,000 sq. ft and is tri-band with enough bandwidth to deliver high speeds to over 75+ connected devices. One device costs around $229 US.
eero Beacon adds up to 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage to your existing eero and extends your eero network with speeds
up to 350 Mbps. Price is about $119 US.
Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition award with the International Women’s Day Activity Challenge on March 8.

Episode 114, AppleWatch ECG studies prove to be able to early detect COVID-19; hands-on Maskfone protective mask review



In this episode we will reexamine the AppleWatch ECG functions and the discuss the results from a recent study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York that associated with wearable devices to identify and detect if a wearer has COVID-19 days before they are diagnosed or symptoms appear. We will also do a hands-on product review of the MaskFone, a combination of N95 mask and integrated earbuds that will change how you look at wearing a mask. The School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Study is available at https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.06.20226803v1.full.pdf. (Graphics courtesy of MASKFONE and Apple Inc.)

A-fib means the heart is beating in an irregular pattern and is the most common form of serious arrhythmia.
MASKFONE is the optimal face mask. It provides maximum protection against airborne health risks, while affording a more convenient and serviceable way of taking phone calls and listening to music. More info is at https://global.maskfone.com

Episode 113, AliveCor KardiaMobile devices expand range of ECG determinations; Apple updates macOS with Big Sur 11.2



In this episode we will discuss AliveCor expanding the range of electrocardiogram or ECG determinations for their KardiaMobile devices used with the iPhone; and Apple updates macOS with Big Sur 11.2. More information can be found https://alivecor.com and podcast information at https://macminutespodcast.com (Graphics courtesy of AliveCor Inc.)

Using an AliveCor KardiaMobile device with your iPhone, you can detect more arrhythmias than any other personal EKG. AliveCor introduced three new medical determinations on Monday, Feb. 1.
KardiaMobile 6L gives six views of the heart six times the data. 

Episode 112, Apple celebrates Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design; fitness activity award; and Apple makes security and firmware updates



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebration of  Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design, fitness activity award and more. Also, Apple makes a security update to iOS 14.4; iPadOS 14.4; and firmware updates for the HomePod, HomePod mini; and tvOS 14.4. (AppleWatch graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

 

Apple introduces the Black Unity Collection, designed to celebrate and acknowledge Black history and Black culture. The collection includes a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6, the Black Unity Sport Band, and the Unity watch face.
The Black Unity Sport Band uses colors inspired by the Pan-African flag with the words “Truth. Power. Solidarity.” laser-engraved onto the closure
Apple Watch users can participate in a new Unity Activity Challenge and earn the limited-edition award by closing their Move ring seven days in a row during February.

Episode 108, Using Apple’s Sleep Tracking Application on Apple Watch and iPhone to help you improve your sleep habits in 2021



In this episode we will look at using Apple Watch and iPhone to improve sleep in 2021. For many it’s a New Year’s resolution and for others it simply a desire to improve your health and mental wellness. It’s easy to track your sleep using Apple technology. We will look at Apple’s sleep tracking and making it work to improve your life. You can reference the written instructions at the Apple Support link: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/sleep-apd830528336/watchos (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Viewing your recent sleep history is a key feature of the Sleep Tracking App on the Apple Watch.
With Apple Watch Sleep Tracking there is a feature to change or turn off your next wake-up alarm.

Episode 107, Apple launches cardio fitness notifications on Apple Watch; updates iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2



In this episode we will look at an Apple’s announcement Monday, Dec 14th where users can view their cardio fitness level in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notifications on Apple Watch if it falls within the low range. We will explore how to personalize and use the new feature. Users will need to update to iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 which was released simultaneously. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Watch users can now view how their cardio fitness level is classified based on their age group and sex in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notification if it falls within the low range.
With watchOS 7, Apple Watch uses multiple sensors to estimate an expanded range of cardio fitness as users walk throughout the day, whether or not they are tracking a workout.