“Over 80 percent of the top hospitals in the US are now testing or piloting iPad.” So said Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook at Tuesday’s “Let’s talk iPhone” event, according to tech bloggers. While this was the only healthcare specific statement made at the event, the new devices unveiled have plenty of implications for healthcare.
But first, some other interesting metrics from Cook’s presentation:
- The iPhone 4 now makes up half of the overall iPhone market.
- iPhone sales grew 125 percent year-over-year, while the overall smartphone market experienced 74 percent year-over-year growth.
- The iPhone now accounts for five percent of the worldwide mobile phone market. (Cook said that Apple believes all phones will soon be smartphones.)
After 14 months of industry speculation, Apple unveiled its latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, this week. The 4S sports an identical look to the iPhone 4, despite months of rumors that a design makeover was forthcoming. A bevy of under-the-hood improvements, however, may keep the iPhone as a top choice for healthcare professionals and health-concious consumers alike.
Some new key features include:
Upgraded processor/memory: The iPhone 4S features Apple’s A5 processor, the same CPU that powers the iPad 2. It also has 1GB RAM, twice as much as the iPhone 4.
8MP Camera: The new camera sensor takes pictures at a max resolution of 3264 × 2448.
Siri: A voice-controlled personal assistant that Apple has fine-tuned with some help from the natural language processing experts at Nuance.
There have been persistent rumors of an iPhone 5 announcement at today’s event, with multiple phone case manufacturers producing prototypes for an iPhone with a larger screen and thinner width. Now that those rumors have proven false, some sites are speculating that those specifications are rumored to be for an iPhone 5 prototype that won’t see release until late next year — if ever.
Rumors aside, let’s focus on that 8MP camera and what it means for healthcare. Keep reading>>