iOS 10 Will Let You Register as an Organ Donor. Or You Can Do It Online Now!

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Good news: you can sign up to become an organ donor via the iPhone’s Health app once iOS 10 rolls out. Even better news? You can actually sign up to become an organ donor right now via this website, and you don’t even need iOS 10 to do it!

Still, the latest iOS build hopes to build some awareness about the importance of registering to become an organ donor. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook hopes that including the registration process within the app will make it even easier for people to sign up if they want to. He explained to The Guardian that the implementation was motivated by the “excruciating” wait that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs went through for a liver transplant in 2009.

Apple’s registration option sounds like it’ll be very straightforward, as simple as “tapping a button” within the app. If you have a few more minutes, though, and you’re worried that you’ll forget to open up the Health app once you get iOS 10, you can sign up for the registration the old school way. It’s worth taking the time to do so, since the Guardian reports that 22 people die while waiting for an organ transplant every single day.

I’ve been carrying an organ donor card in my wallet ever since I got my license, but I never actually bothered to sign up for the online registration. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I did it! If you’re like me and you never bothered to sign up online, now seems like as good a time as any. Or you could wait for iOS 10. But, really, why wait?

(via The Daily Dot, image via Dominique Cappronnier/Flickr)

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