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Apple is on everyone’s lips in the last days and weeks waiting for the presentation of the new iPhone 8. But the Cupertino think beyond the iPhone 8 and plan to use the front camera of your phone to measure your health with your iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 screen next to that of the iPhone 8

Apple plans to use the iPhone’s front camera, proximity sensor and light sensor to measure the health of users, a tool that would be very useful for many people. Those of Cupertino have registered a patent so that the frontal elements of the telephone can carry out this work.

So Apple wants you to measure your health with your iPhone

The operation would be for the device to emit a light in a part of the user’s body and through the proximity sensor and the camera to be able to calculate the health data of the user based on the sensor data relative to the light received. A very simple system that would be very useful.

Apple also considers the use of additional sensors mounted in the same area for additional health measurements, such as electrical contacts to measure body fat or to do an electrocardiogram reading.


“Health data may include one or more parameters of well-being, physical condition, or other health-related variables such as blood pressure, blood hydration, body mass content, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, index Perfusion, electrocardiogram or any other health data of this type, “explains the patent filed by Apple.

Only with the front camera and the light sensor could be captured many parameters of those mentioned in the previous paragraph as saturation of oxygen, pulse or perfusion index. This would make the iPhone a useful tool beyond calling or sending messages through WhatsApp, for example.


Although some medicines can be taken with low-tech ambient light sensors used in iPhones that are already on the market, the patent explains that for the results to be safe it would require more sophisticated sensors on Apple phones. Sensors that may arrive in the coming years and we can check our health status from our iPhone.

At the moment it is only a patent and nothing is announced by the brand or when Apple intends to carry out this technology or if it intends to do so. In many cases, patents remain main as ideas that finally do not get anywhere so we will have to wait to confirm it.

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