Apple's Tim Cook offers internship, new iPhone to teen who says Apple Watch saved his life

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in Apple Watch edited September 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly offering a new iPhone and a 2016 summer internship to a high school student who recently claimed his Apple Watch saved his life.




Paul Houle, who plays football with a school in Massachussetts, said that he checked his heart rate on the Watch after suffering chest and back pain following a practice, according to CBS SF. The Watch claimed his rate was 145 for two hours after practice, which prompted him to go the hospital.

There he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a condition triggered by exercise that can cause muscles to deteriorate and seep proteins.

"I was so dehydrated that my muscles started to actually break down and release a protein that is sort of toxic into my blood stream which caused my heart, my liver and my kidneys all to shut down," Houle explained.

News of the incident reached Cook, who called Houle directly to make the job and phone offers.

The event should boost publicity for Apple, which is looking to keep Watch sales high going into the holidays and drum up anticipation for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which launch on Friday.
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  • Reply 1 of 39

    Thanks Obama!  /s

  • Reply 2 of 39
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    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

    Thanks Obama!  /s

     

    troll much? what the **** is wrong with that? good publicity for apple.
  • Reply 3 of 39
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    Originally Posted by mac_dog View Post

     
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     

    Thanks Obama!  /s


     

    troll much? what the **** is wrong with that? good publicity for apple.



    Oh, shut up.

  • Reply 4 of 39
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,918member
    But but ...toy! Version 1! Useless!
  • Reply 5 of 39
    Bad Tim Cook, bad.

    Using a sick child to promote your company. Jobs would never have done this.
  • Reply 6 of 39
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
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    Bad Tim Cook, bad.



    Using a sick child to promote your company. Jobs would never have done this.



    Steve would rather die than be treated at a hospital which uses ugly PCs.

  • Reply 7 of 39
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,168member
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    Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee View Post



    Bad Tim Cook, bad.



    Using a sick child to promote your company. Jobs would never have done this.

     

    I'm pretty sure it wasn't Apple who told this story to the press. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Tim Cook found out AFTER the press did, and wanted to talk to the kid. I know I would, if I found out that something I did or made saved somebody's life. 

  • Reply 8 of 39
    sphericspheric Posts: 2,168member
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    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post

     



    Steve would rather die than be treated at a hospital which uses ugly PCs.




    Steve was a bit of an idiot in some ways.

  • Reply 9 of 39
    But but but jewelry! Fashionistas! Celebrities! Square faces! Heirlooms! Botched launches! Secret sales figures!
  • Reply 10 of 39
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    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    But but but jewelry! Fashionistas! Celebrities! Square faces! Heirlooms! Botched launches! Secret sales figures!



    Pizza emojis! Stock market-ocalypse! China! The NSA! Kim Kardashian!

  • Reply 11 of 39
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,044member
    Thanks Obama!  /s
    that's really a stupid comment. No offense but it is.
  • Reply 12 of 39
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,044member
    But but but jewelry! Fashionistas! Celebrities! Square faces! Heirlooms! Botched launches! Secret sales figures!
    yes, yes and yes for all of these fucking things. I still want one.
  • Reply 13 of 39
    Bad Tim Cook, bad.

    Using a sick child to promote your company. Jobs would never have done this.

    Isn't that a rather cynical view? The article doesn't accuse Tim Cook of that. In fact, there's no statement in the AI article or CBS SF article that says Apple promoted this to the press.
  • Reply 14 of 39
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    that's really a stupid comment. No offense but it is.

    The "/s" is for sarcasm. No offense, but it is.

  • Reply 15 of 39

    Amazing how a feel-good story is immediately rejected by reactionary bib-dribblers: to wit, (most of) the comments.

  • Reply 16 of 39
    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
    Very cool! Good for The kid. Apple saved his life
    And now Apple might enrich his life as well.
  • Reply 17 of 39

    Ok, but what's with the internship offer??

  • Reply 18 of 39
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
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    Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee View Post



    Bad Tim Cook, bad.



    Using a sick child to promote your company. Jobs would never have done this.



    Sculley would never have done this!

  • Reply 19 of 39
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
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    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post

     

    Ok, but what's with the internship offer??




    Another Apple Watch.

  • Reply 20 of 39
    Yeah I'm not getting this. It's great the watch saved a life and don't get me wrong but why giving a phone and internship offer. This only makes it sound odd.
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