Soon, You Will Be Able To Use Your iPhone To Donate Your Organs

With the release of iOS 10, it will be as simple as tapping a button

Jul 05, 2016 at 9:32 AM ET

When iOS 10 arrives in the fall, it will let you do something with your phone you couldn’t do previously: become an organ donor.

Within Apple’s Health app, which tracks all kinds of fitness and health data, users will be able to opt-in to the national organ donor registry by simply tapping a button. The app also comes standard on every iPhone, so this option will be available to roughly 101 million iPhone users in the U.S.

CEO Tim Cook told the AP that the company is adding this option in hopes that it might help ease the perpetual donor shortage, and that he was moved by Steve Jobs’ “excruciating” wait for a liver transplant in 2009.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. On average, twenty-two people die every day waiting for a new organ. For liver transplants alone, there are more than 120,000 people currently waiting. The OPTN says one organ donor can save up to eight lives, and Apple hopes people will jump at the opportunity to sign up this fall.