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Apple and IBM Team Up to Customize iPads for Japan’s Elderly

Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in country. The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world's population ages. Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro announced the deal in New York on Thursday. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help Japan's seniors manage their daily lives and keep in touch with family members. IBM will work with Japan Post to develop iPad software that will enable Japan's national Post Office Watch service to better monitor elderly clients. IBM will also provide cloud services. Apple and IBM formed a partnership last year to create mobile apps for a broad range of industries. This has led to the creation of 22 apps so far.

At a joint news conference at IBM's Watson New York City headquarters, Cook touted the iPad as an integral tool for improving care of elderly family members and patients, and said Apple has seen a "significant uptake" of the iPhone and iPad in Japan.

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