2,000 Apple iPhones given to passengers quarantined aboard cruise ship

Thousands of passengers quarantined inside their cabins for the better part of two weeks aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan due to the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak are getting a special Valentine’s dinner and the gift of an Apple iPhone from the Japanese government.

Justin McCurry for The Guardian:

The crew of the Diamond Princess had gone the extra mile on Friday – as they have done so often during their ship’s quarantine off Japan – with Californian wine and a dinner menu that included “Cupid’s avocado and shrimp”, coq au vin and a “surprise dessert of the day”.

Quarantined Japan cruise ship iPhones - image: Apple's iPhone 11
Apple’s iPhone 11
William Gallagher for AppleInsider:

Passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined on board because of the coronavirus, are to be given iPhones for communication and information about the situation. Some 2,000 iPhones with a new medical consultation app are being provided by Softbank, and will be shared with one phone per cabin or crew quarters.

The ship is currently stationary off the coast of Yokohama, Japan. According to Japanese site Macotakara, passengers are using the medical app’s chat feature to communicate with doctors. “[You can] access the special app by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to ask by chat about medication or any other things that may concern you,” says Danbo. “The app will also book a consultation session with a doctor.”

The Japanese government is reported by The Guardian newspaper to have given the iPhones to passengers, rather than simply loaning them.

MacDailyNews Take: Certainly this is no the nicest situation to be in, but a free iPhone can certainly lift spirits! Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! ❤️


        1. No confusion here. You are a traitor to common sense, the shared humanity, to everything good in the world. If there is someone we should all take a lesson from in knowing how not to life live and what not to do, that sad sack is applecynic, followed by ShiittzenX

  1. I have volunteered to travel to the Diamond Princess to act as a guinea pig for the Covid-19 vaccine. I realise it may cause adverse reactions, but none of you will mind if my last action on earth is to save humanity, and then to join my brother Steve Jobs in heaven.

    I am also happy to take credit for the free iPhones, I wrote to Shinzo Abe, Japan PM, suggesting this. You’re welcome.

  2. Each passenger’s life and health will be centered around an iPhone. Those 2000 passengers will tell their familiy members, and they their friends, and on and on, spreading the good news with delight exponentially, evangelizing, really. Apple should recognize and reward The initiator of this PR largesse.

        1. I absolutely agree! John Dingler posts should be deleted in full! This dangerous leftist is a blight on the MDN forums and I agree he needs to be moderated post haste!! Enough with his garbage posts!

            1. applecynic provides yet another biased, left wing, h8ting garbage post from yet another garbage poster, which should NOT be moderated because a) free speech and b) it just further illuminated the kind of thing applecynic is, and as always it is better that he open his mouth and confirm himself a fool rather than merely leaving us wondering whether he is or isn’t. I’m glad to have it confirmed and the person demanding moderation is a ridiculous anti first amendment censorship-loving dweeb.

            2. Hey Applecynic, why do you even bother trying to make a snappy comeback when all it does is confirm your hatred and bias for cheetos, Trump, good things and common sense?

              It’s no wonder you’re so cynical. Beat up by an Apple-using nerd in school, were you? Or maybe you went to CitizenX’s shop and you were the one person he has never boasted about meeting because you just weren’t important or exciting enough?

              Trump has more achievement in his tiny small hands than you have in your entire negative, Apple-hating life. It obviously really galls you that this is true, but if a buffoonish Cheeto can achieve so much, and you so little, I can see why your life revolves around puking up in your mouth a little at just about everything.

              Well, it’s your life, and your stomach juice recycling. Congratulations. Yeech – thank you for continuing to prove the adage that fools are better of opening their mouths and confirming their foolishness to all rather than leaving us all wondering whether you are foolish or not, which is one of the greatest side effects of our incredible first amendment ever, one which, no doubt, you would eliminate immediately upon becoming world leader because it’s just the kind of thing YOU would do. Sad.

            3. @Maurice Black
              tl;dr, most of it.
              At least I reserve my contempt for companies and “some” Trumpies.
              Nasty habit this democracy, but I’m keeping it.

            4. @Maurice

              You forgot your last name? Anyway…
              “Take your cynicism and shove it up your a-hole where it belongs”

              At least my mouth and ahole don’t sing in two part harmony you looneybird.

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