Why You Should Update Your Medical ID in Health

MedicalID-Emergency SOS

It’s been seven years since Apple introduced the Medical ID on your iPhone, and if you still haven’t set it up, here’s how you do it — and why you should.

The Health app on your iPhone was introduced in 2014. It is where you can enter your Medical ID details — and that’s the kind of information that can help you in emergencies. For instance – if you are in a car crash and are unconscious, the EMT’s can easily read your Health details. Not only can they know of things like medicine allergies, blood type, height and weight, but they can also call your emergency contacts, and that call will show up on their phone as you, since it is coming from your phone. All of this without having to know your passcode to unlock the phone while you’re unconscious.

A few moments of work now can potentially save your life later.

How to add your Medical ID information

  1. Open the Health app and tap on the Browse button at bottom right
  2. Tap on your profile picture at top right
  3. Choose Medical ID
  4. Choose Edit
  5. Most importantly, make sure Show When Locked is turned On

It’s up to you what medical information you add, but some of it will be already filled in. Your name and birth date will have been gathered from when you first created your Apple ID, however many years ago that might be.

Medical ID Summary

And then your current age will be automatically calculated and displayed, too.

Until you press the Edit button, the screen only shows you what information you have entered. This is what first responders will see when they access your Medical ID.

Once you’ve tapped on Edit, the page expands to include all possible categories that Apple’s Health app tracks. Some of that is very general, such as:

  • Medical Conditions
  • Medical Notes
  • Allergies & Reactions
  • Medications

Each of these is a free-text field in which you can enter anything. Do take the time to check the spelling of medications and conditions. Most of the rest of the options are more specific:

  • Blood type
  • Whether you’re an organ donor
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Primary language 

Add emergency contacts to your Medical ID

Tap on Add emergency contacts and your iPhone will present your Contacts list to you. Choose whose name you want shown as your emergency contact, and then you are shown their complete contact details.

Choose which is the best way to reach them, most typically their cell number. 

Then iOS asks you who they are and presents a long list of options including spouse, mother, father, and so on. You can add more than one contact.

When you’re finished choosing them, tap Done.

What happens next

Hopefully the only thing that ever happens is that the figure you entered for your weight gets progressively less accurate. However, should you be involved in an accident, or any event that incapacitates you, the emergency services can now get this vital detail.

To do this, they have to press and hold on both the sleep/wake button and either of the volume buttons. This is how you make an emergency call, but it also shows responders a Medical ID button.

When they tap that, they get a screen showing all the medical details you’ve chosen to list.

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(This article is extracted from appleinsider.com)

Why Should You Invest in the New iPad?

(This article submitted to MacFinesse by Aliah Kristine Monteverde)

Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPad Pro, which is rumored to be released this year. Since its introduction in 2010, Apple has managed to launch new models for the iPad almost annually, and lately they have been favoring late-year releases — particularly for the 2019 7th gen and 2020 8th gen models. So if we were to guess, the latest unit will probably come out during the last quarter of 2021 as well. However, there are some speculations that the new iPad Pro might be released as early as March, during the Apple Spring 2021 event.

What We Know So Far

Apple seems to have tight control over the rumor mill, so not much has been revealed or confirmed about the new iPad. Here is what we have gleaned so far based on information from industry insiders and the tech community as a whole:

The usual entry-level price of an iPad is $329 for regular consumers and $309 for educational purposes. But this year, it is said that the iPad will be more affordable at $299.

There are claims that the new iPad will be thinner and lighter with a 10.5-inch screen. Apple may also adopt a mini-LED display — making it more power-efficient through improving the battery life. Plus, it will make it less prone to burn-in issues while still offering more clarity and brightness.

The 2020 iPad Pro models use Apple’s A12Z Bionic chip. While nothing is confirmed yet, the upcoming iPad might come with the new A14X processor. This means better performance for the tablet, allowing users to run simultaneous workflows and navigate through apps with less lag.

Do You Actually Need an iPad?

An iPad has high functionality and portability. You can accomplish many common tasks — such as browsing the internet, working with spreadsheets, creating and printing documents, and watching movies. As aforementioned, the first iPad came out in 2010, but its first Wi-Fi-only models did not have open-file systems and allowed for very little customization. Nonetheless, it was the first product to use an Apple-designed processor. Over the course of a decade, Apple has released various lines for the iPad Air, Mini, and Pro. The company has not only made their tablets lighter and thinner, but also faster with better displays.

The iPad leads the tablet market by being the first to incorporate features such as virtual touchpads for the on-screen keyboard and multitasking features like the split screen. Moreover, Apple was the first major brand to use a 64-bit chip on a non-laptop or desktop computer.

Behind the screens, the new generation iPads now use ultra-thin PCBs to support mass transfer technology. But that’s not all: modern manufacturers have been adjusting PCB board thickness to improve product performance and customize the overall packaging — allowing iPads to pack the latest technologies in one compact unit.

The iPad also makes it easier to keep up with operating system updates, so the devices can continue to add new features — compared to other tablets where you’d need to buy the newest model to keep your system up-to-date.

The available models currently on the market include the iPad Pro 12.9, which has the A12X Bionic chip. It boasts the second generation Apple Pencil, meaning the stylus can attach magnetically to the edge and charge wirelessly. Meanwhile, the Apple iPad Air is one of the more recent models on the market. It runs on the A14 Bionic chip and has features including Touch ID and True Tone display.

So Should You Wait to Invest in the New iPad?

The iPad Pro has always been a powerhouse in terms of processing power and speed. Of course, there is no guarantee how much of the rumors about the new iPad are true. However, Apple’s release of iPads mean there are certainly some developments to look forward to — regardless if they’re a few tweaks to the hardware or something more cutting-edge. But this only means that the new iPad Pro will be better than its predecessors, so waiting it out this year should be worth it!

Written by Aliah Kristine Monteverde
Exclusive for macfinesse.com

How to Enable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications on iPhone

(Update10/30/20: Half a million Colorado residents have already enabled notifications.) Apple and Google have joined forces to help governments and health authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. They have released the first version of their exposure notification software for both iOS and Android devices. The State of Colorado just announced their participation as of today, Sunday October 25, 2020.

The tech giants want to assist developers who’re working for health authorities in creating apps that can alert users if they’ve been in contact with an infected person. This is made possible by using Bluetooth to securely share your random ID with nearby devices. These IDs are then deleted after 14 days, which is the above-average incubation period for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.

It’s up to you to decide if you want to opt-in to this anonymous logging and notification system (we recommend that you do). This article will show you how to enable COVID-19 exposure logging and notifications on your iPhone.

How to Enable COVID-19 Exposure Logging & Notifications on iPhone

This feature is only available to iPhones with iOS 13.5 and later; earlier phones will not have this functionality. Note that availability depends on many factors including regional support. Go to Settings > Exposure Notifications > United States > Colorado (or your country/state).

Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad

Once enabled, public health agencies can quickly inform users if they’ve been in contact with an infected person. With this, they can determine how long the users were in proximity and the approximate distance between their devices using Bluetooth signal strength.

Not all states, countries, and health authorities are using this yet. Here is a page with a current listing of all participating countries.

If you wish to learn more about this feature, the State of Colorado has a very informative page here. This page also includes instructions for enabling this functionality on Android devices. Apple and Google have created an excellent explainer video, viewable here. You can also learn more in general about what Apple is doing regarding COVID-19 on their COVID-19 page.

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