Yes, the elderly can use the Apple iPhone thanks to Silverline apps

Yes, the elderly can use the Apple iPhone thanks to Silverline apps
Just because you are elderly doesn't mean that you can't be hip and own a smartphone like the Apple iPhone 5. It's like 23-Skidoo and the bee's knees all over again. The elderly have probably received a bum rap when it comes to cellphones. You've probably seen the ad on television where one older twin is so excited about his new feature(less)phone that he is on cloud 9 and can't wait to tell his brother about it. Give someone like that a smartphone and his head would explode.

But there are some elderly who would really like a chance to see what the fuss is all about. They just got through mastering this PC thing and while they still use Yahoo for search, well, they should have an opportunity to try an Apple iPhone. And that is why the Silverline apps exist. These are apps that replace the native buttons and controls on the Apple iPhone and can be placed on the handset by specific carriers. For example, the "connect app" replaces the iPhone's contacts list with large photos of each contact and bigger sized buttons for easier navigation. The "Well-Being" app can set a reminder when it is time to take your meds and the "Emergency" button is your one press connection to the cops or medical help for those times when you've fallen and can't get up.

The company, based in Singapore, wants to keep the elderly connected to the rest of the world. And why not let them stay young by carrying around a young man's handset? While the service is not available yet in the states, we wouldn't be surprised to see an enterprising carrier deciding to give Silverline a shot. Besides, the elderly are more apt to pay their bills on time. Hear that, carriers? For more information on the program, visit the sourcelink.

source: Silverline via TUAW

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19. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

coz iPhone is made for teens and elderly! remeber, its just work just the way it is!

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1426; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I think the last part of the last paragraph, is in fact saying that the elderly pay on time... What carrier did you say you work for? Attention to details... Quote: "Besides, the elderly are more apt to pay their bills on time. Hear that, carriers? For more information on the program, visit the sourcelink." @downphoenix

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

the comment at the end of the article and uncalled for and unfounded. If anything, in my experience working with a carrier, the elderly were the best at paying their bills on time. The 20 and 30 somethings were the constantly delinquent people. Whatever research may suggest otherwise is not based on any facts.

12. angelesmec unregistered

Dear elders, please consider switching to Android, it's more fun.

11. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

an older article said something like this. The iphone5 is not likely to be your grandma's phone.... it IS your grandma's phone. lol

10. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Just buy a bigger phone more useful and ederly friendly like the lumia 920!!!

9. thelegend6657 unregistered

This should be available as a launcher on android

14. andygallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

8. MixMaster

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

WOW! True innovation! It must be the first phone that can be used as a camera replacement and most definitely the only phone that alows you to call for an ambulance...and all this..with a simple touch of the screen. Now that's how hard people at Apple worked, in order to offer it's customers the same phone with ten years old features but make it seem like a new, magic and amazing phone at the same time.

13. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

u must b real dum* bro. this interface is for elderly people like your grandma . they desighed it so simple so that they can use it with out efforts . so try to read article before posting something.

7. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

I'm pretty sure they can use it without any apps.

6. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Well i like iphones a lot.. But tell me one thing . What the F this ad means :D

5. mydi.maus unregistered

this might be the iphone 5s!! i want this...

4. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Been used by old and elderly for years now.. and proly there's for Android too.

3. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

This is actually pretty cool. Nice video too.

2. T....

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Now I know what iOS7 will look like. "Wow, what a REVOLUTIONARILY simple UI!"

15. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

its the interface for elderly ppl. the ios7 may be more like lion os with much more modifications . wait for ir !

1. wendygarett unregistered

Yay, that mean I can enjoy my iPhone for the rest of my life :D

18. metalpoet unregistered

Old people can use an iPhone with some crazy app, because the iPhone isnt really a smartphone, any device that a 3 yr old and an 65 yr old can handle is not consider a smartphone, its consider a kids phone! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

20. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

All I have to say is: Wow

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