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Apple will use the iPhone to encourge new organ donors

Engadget Engadget 5/07/2016 Steve Dent

Apple CEO Tim Cook knows firsthand the agony of watching a close friend wait for an organ donor, so the company is doing something to help ease the shortage. With iOS 10, Apple will add a new button to the Health app that will allow users to enroll in a national donor registry, according to the Associated Press. The software is expected to arrive this fall, probably in September, when Apple rolls out its next iPhone and mobile OS.

Cook famously offered to donate part of his own liver to his friend, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, telling the AP that Jobs' lengthy wait on the transplant list was "excruciating." Apple isn't the first company to offer the option, as Facebook has allowed users to sign up as organ donors on their timelines since 2012. At the time, Mark Zuckerberg said that he, too, was inspired by Steve Jobs to add the feature. Jobs himself helped shepherd a California organ transplant bill into law in 2010, making it easier for residents to find donor matches.Associated Press

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