IBM and Apple have extended their partnership to Japan with plans to offer advanced technological hardware and software solutions to the elderly.
The two firms have already launched a series of business apps designed to further the use of iPhones and iPads in enterprises, typically targeted at vertical industries that make use of IBM and Apple software.
The new health initiative will begin in Japan before being rolled out across the rest of the world.
The plan in Japan will provide five million iPads to the older community loaded with health and wellbeing software and tools.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at an event in Japan that he looked forward to the results of the programme.
"This initiative has potential for global impact, as many countries face the challenge of supporting an ageing population, and we are honoured to be involved in supporting Japan's senior citizens and helping enrich their lives," he said.
"The iPad is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, and has accessibility features built in, making it a perfect device for any generation to be connected and engaged."
It might have been assumed that established enterprise big box company IBM and trendy consumer firm Apple would mix like oil and water, but the partnership has worked well for both parties and their customers.
"What we're starting today draws on IBM's long heritage of innovation at the intersection of technology, business and society," said Ginni Rometty, president, chairman and CEO of IBM.
"The potential we see here, as broad as national economics and as specific as the quality of life of individuals and their families, is one example of the potential of mobile-led transformation anywhere in the world where issues of an ageing population exist."
The iPad rollout has the backing of local communications company Japan Post.
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