Apple’s new watch event draws attention to its healthcare play

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The event was the second one streamed online from its Silicon Valley campus, known as Apple Park, since the global pandemic forced it to switch to virtual product launches. The company also unveiled updated iPads and new service bundles — but no new phone, which usually drives the most interest.Apple has said its participation in the health-care industry has been aimed at helping people, not necessarily to benefit its bottom line. And at the virtual event Tuesday, it highlighted vignettes, showing how the Apple Watch keeps people healthy, even saving their lives by alerting them to heart problems.“Healthcare providers, insurance companies and businesses are also seeing the benefits of offering Apple Watch,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the event Tuesday. “They know it can make a big difference in the lives of their patients, customers and employees.”The Apple Watch 6, the company announced, will include a new sensor that can detect blood oxygen levels, often called a pulse oximeter, which the company said will deliver helpful information about health. Apple executive Sumbul Desai said the tool can help detect early infection of covid-19 and announced a new research study with the Seattle Flu Study and University of Washington …

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