Apple reportedly working on iPhone features that could help diagnose depression


Apple is working with the University of California, Los Angeles and pharmaceutical company Biogen to develop iPhone features that could help diagnose both depression and cognitive decline, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

In documents and interviews obtained by the Journal, Apple seeks to build a reliable detection algorithm by identifying signals found in Biometric data of iPhone users, including sleep patterns, mobility, and the way you type on your iPhone. This algorithm, Apple hopes, could become the basis of new iPhone features.

Apple’s codename for the UCLA project is “Seabreeze,” the Journal reported. For the Biogen project, the code name is “Pi”.

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Apple’s other brain-related research partnership aims to create an algorithm to detect childhood autism by stripping iPhone camera data and analyzing children’s data, according to the Journal. This partnership would be with Duke University.

Apple did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.

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