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Singapore says it'll start paying people to work out with Apple's smartwatch

September 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Over the past week, the company has made a splash in the city-state by unveiling a shiny new "floating" store and a new partnership with the government aimed at boosting the use of its smartwatch.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Apple (AAPL) is going big in Singapore.

Over the past week, the company has made a splash in the city-state by unveiling a shiny new "floating" store and a new partnership with the government meant to boost the use of its smartwatch.

Singapore announced Tuesday that it would reward residents with hundreds of dollars if they use a new health app designed for the Apple Watch.

The app encourages users to exercise and complete certain activities each week, such as walking, swimming or practicing yoga.

By checking off those goals, users can earn up to 380 Singapore dollars (about $280).

"Singapore has one of the world's leading healthcare systems, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them," said chief operating officer Jeff Williams.

The announcement is timely for Apple, which just announced two new smartwatch models this week at its big September event.

One of the watches comes with upgraded health features, including an app that lets users keep an eye on their blood oxygen levels.

The announcement also came days after the company opened its third store in Singapore — an eye-catching glass dome that was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.

The government's tie-up with Apple, meanwhile, has been years in the making.

It kicked off at least two years ago, when Singapore called on tech and healthcare providers to help come up with new public wellness programs in the country, both parties said.

And there is no better investment than in our own personal health," Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's deputy prime minister, said in a statement.

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