Apple and IBM are teaming up to dish out as many as 5 million iPads to elderly citizens in Japan. Apple hopes the tablets will help improve the lives of the elderly by helping them better manage their health. Japan was picked for the program because it has a large elderly citizen population that is expected to grow.
CNET said that the iPads will be distributed over a five-year period by Japan Post, an organization that provides care to the elderly for a monthly fee. “Japan Post Group will pilot the iPad initiative in the second half of the year, aiming to reach 4 million to 5 million customers by 2020,” CNET explained, noting that the iPads will ship with special health applications to remind users when to take medication, exercise recommendations and more.
“We will dramatically improve the lives of millions of people,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the partnership. “Sooner or later almost every country on the face on the earth will encounter this same issue.” Cook said he hopes the iPads will help the elderly “live well, not just long.”