Category Archives: medical

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 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 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 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.

Episode 93, Apple launches Apple Watch 6 expanding health & fitness capabilities



In this episode, we will discuss one of the announcements from Apple’s virtual presentation which occurred Tuesday morning, specifically the  Apple Watch Series 6, which introduces hardware improvements, watchOS 7 and a number of health and wellness breakthroughs. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Introducing Apple Watch Series 6, featuring a revolutionary Blood Oxygen sensor and app
Apple Watch Series 6 offers its most colorful collection yet

Episode 92, Review of Apple Watch ICE Medical Standard Application; Road ID watchband faceplate; and Apple releases iOS 13.7 and iPadOS 13.7



In this episode, we will give you information about Apple Watch’s In Case of Emergency (ICE) Medical Standard application and the Road ID faceplate that slides on your band. We will finish this podcast talking about Tuesday’s Apple update to iOS 13.7 and iPadOS.13.7 (Graphics courtesy of ICE Standard App/Road ID)

Road ID Apple Watch band faceplate displays basic info with access code for first responders.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) Medical Standard Application icon available on the Apple App Store.
ICE Standard Application displays on your Apple Watch Lock Screen. Optional is a card for wallet or purse.

Episode, 81, WWDC launches highlighting new OS features; and COVID-19 tracking platform



Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote Address began Monday and will run all week until June 26th. Mac Minutes is covering the event. In this episode we will give 13 new innovative technologies and features unveiled at the WWDC20 Keynote Address. We will be sticking to the top items and follow up later delving deeper into new features of each operating system and new announcements in subsequent episodes. (Graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Tim Cook recaps some of the groundbreaking technologies unveiled at WWDC20.

Episode 79, Apple announces Apple Watch fitness award for World Environment Day; Alaskan Apple User Group holds virtual meeting



In this episode we will discuss Apple announcement that it has scheduled its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for June 5 in celebration of World Environment Day.  We will also discuss the next virtual meeting of the Alaskan Apple Users Group, June 10, 7 p.m. AK time. Apple enthusiasts are encouraged to join in on this free event. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple’s Watch fitness awards available to earn on World Environment Day, June 5.