Apple commemorates World AIDS Day by offering multiple donations
Apple has launched a special edition of its Apple Watch Series 9 in red to commemorate World AIDS Day. The company has partnered with (RED), an organization that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDS, to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the watch to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The limited edition watch features a red aluminium case and a red version of the Palette watch face. In this article, we will discuss the features of the Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) and its significance in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the (RED) version of the Watch Series 9, the company will also launch a red “palette” and “sun pointer” dial. Also, there are a series of specially custom dials such as Metropolis, World Time, monochrome numbers, and gradients.
At present, the (RED) series products include the Apple Watch Series 9, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 13 and iPhone SE. There are also silicone protective cases with MagSafe suitable for the entire iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 series.
In addition, from today until December 4, local time, Apple’s App Store will also donate all in-app purchases from three popular games, “Monopoly GO”, “Garden Garden” and “EA Sports FC Mobile”, to the Global Fund. Funds from other games like “funny avatars”, “cool shields” and “star football players” will go for the same cause.
Apple also announced that from now until December 8, for every product purchased by customers using Apple Pay on Apple’s official website, through the App Store or Apple Store retail stores, Apple will donate $1 to the (RED) Global Foundation. No doubt, with all these donations, the company is doing a lot to support the campaign against AIDS.
Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) Features
The Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) has the same features as the regular Apple Watch Series 9, including an always-on Retina display, a heart rate sensor, and a blood oxygen sensor. It is available in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, and has a red aluminium case with a matching red Sport Band. The watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters and has a battery life of up to 18 hours.
One of the unique features of the Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) is the red version of the Palette watch face. The watch face has a red background with a gradient effect that changes throughout the day. The watch face also has a complication that shows the wearer’s heart rate.
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Apple’s Partnership with (RED)
Apple has been partnering with (RED) since 2006 to raise funds to fight HIV/AIDS. The company has donated over $270 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which provides funding for HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Apple has also released several (RED) products over the years, including iPods, iPhones, and Apple Watches.
For every Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) sold, Apple will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The donation amount is not specified, but it is expected to be similar to previous (RED) product launches.
Significance of the Apple Watch Series 9 (RED)
The launch of the Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) is significant in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 38 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in 2019, and 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses. While there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy (ART) can help people living with HIV to live longer and healthier lives.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria provides funding for ART and other HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of people living with HIV/AIDS reside. The funds raised from the sale of the Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) will help to provide life-saving treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
On World AIDS Day this year, Apple once again highlights its long-term partnership with (RED). Over the past 17 years, Apple customers have helped raise more than $2.5 billion, empowering millions of people to get life-saving antiretroviral treatment and HIV testing. These funds also help HIV-positive mothers prevent passing the virus to their babies.
The (RED) Foundation, also known as Product Red, was founded by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver of Debt AIDS Trade in Africa to raise funds for the global prevention and treatment of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. RED mainly unites several companies, allowing partners to produce products with the “Product Red” trademark. It then earns income from these products and 1% of the partners’ profits will be donated to the foundation.
Apple announced in an official press release today that in commemoration of World AIDS Day, it will launch a series of new products and activities. The launch of the Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) is a testament to Apple’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. The limited edition watch features a red aluminium case and a red version of the Palette watch face. For every watch sold, Apple will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The funds raised will help to provide life-saving treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The Apple Watch Series 9 (RED) is not only a stylish accessory but also a symbol of hope in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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