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Posted: August 15, 2017

Report: Aetna in talks with Apple to provide Apple watches to millions of customers

By Brianna Chambers, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A partnership between Apple and Aetna could bring Apple watches to the insurance company’s more than 20 million customers, according to a report. 

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The two companies held private meetings Thursday and Friday in southern California to discuss options for such a move, CNBC reported, citing unnamed sources.
Aetna already offers an Apple Watch to its 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness program and to individuals with Aetna plans under “select large employers.”

According to CNBC, Aetna is negotiating with Apple to try to provide a plan in which its 23 million members could receive an Apple watch for free or at a discounted price.

The perk would benefit both Aetna, which has increased efforts to get its members more health-conscious, and Apple, which has begun to promote health and fitness-tracking as a primary use for the Apple watch.

Apple, which reportedly surpassed Fitbit as the top-selling wearable fitness tracker, may have plans to develop its watch to better cater to wearers with chronic diseases, making the gadget even more desirable and multifunctioning, CNBC reported.

An unnamed source told CNBC that Aetna is pushing to have the plan developed by early next year.

Read more at CNBC.


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Apple investigating claim woman’s iPhone exploded

Apple is investigating a woman’s claim that her iPhone exploded in her pocket, leaving her badly burned.

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The iPhone caught fire in the woman’s shorts pocket, according to KTRK.

Photos show the charred iPhone in a Houston Astros case.

Apple told KTRK it is contacting the woman to investigate her claim and the circumstances surrounding it.

Unauthorized accessories could have caused the damage, Apple said.

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